Laura Leadsom, Head of Operational Services, Chester
I joined the University as Business Support Manager in 2007 after working in administration and financial management roles in both private and public sector organisations.
In 2010 the opportunity arose for me to undertake the duties of Deputy Director of Administration, which I undertook for six months before I went on maternity leave. I returned to my substantive role of Business Support Manager on a part time basis after my maternity leave. In March 2014 I was promoted to the role of Head of Operational Services after returning from maternity leave after having my second child.
My role is incredibly varied and challenging. I am responsible for managing all operational services within the Chester Campus including buildings and facilities, finance, procurement/contracts, health and safety, student services, and our employability and library services. No two days are ever the same and I can honestly say that I am never bored! My main aim is always to ensure that our students receive the highest quality learning experience to enable them to achieve the best possible outcomes.
One of the best things about working at the University is the people. There’s a great support network across the organisation and there's a real drive from every department to ensure that students receive an outstanding level of service. The executive board are also really friendly and approachable and welcome innovation and contributions from all staff across the organisation.
What I like the most about my job though is providing a service to our clients. I get a huge amount of satisfaction from the knowledge that I have contributed to delivering an exceptional and unique learning experience to our students.
Stuart Roberts, Programme & Student Lead - LLB
I joined ULaw in 2000. I had been working in a large High Street firm in Peterborough. I am an Associate Professor and lead the LPC Employment Law & Practice team here at Bloomsbury. I also lecture in business on the LPC and in Criminal Law on both the LLB and GDL. I retain my practising certificate which enables me to supervise students within our pro-bono unit in the area of employment law.
I joined my first law firm at 16 and experienced all roles within the firm as the senior partner expected everyone to be able to operate reception, take care of office maintenance and admin, proficiently type as well as make coffee! I trained to be a Legal Executive and attended evening classes to pass the necessary exams. I then spent a not inconsiderable amount of time in academia and left with a Doctorate.
I really enjoy working at ULaw (this is my 15th year at Bloomsbury). Being part of the training process for a new generation of lawyers, with the challenges that brings, is personally rewarding. My work is often varied with the different subjects I teach, but there is also adapting to the style of class – lectures or workshops – assisting in the design of materials which students use, marking (of course) and personal tutoring. My colleagues are also great people and very dedicated to being the best which makes it a great place to work.