Meet the Team

Staff day out Carlisle 05 2016 1

The University of Cumbria’s Careers Team is:

Anna Robinson – Careers & Employability Coordinator – Carlisle

Anna has a varied role which includes blogging, posting on social media, organising events, as well as providing advice and guidance to students and alumni. She loves running workshops and organsing events, especially the education employability conference as it’s a great opportunity to talk to graduates who have gone on to great things! In her spare time she runs ‘Woolly Wednesdays’ (a craft group for Uoc staff), chases after her two girls, and climbs (small) mountains.

Carolyn Benson – Careers & Employability Coordinator – Lancaster

Carolyn also writes the careers blog, posts on social media, and provides advice to students – as well as running drop-ins for students. The LinkedIn drop-ins are her specialty! She also sees students for CV and application advice, organises events, and creates some fantastic resources for students.

Fiona Boyle – Employability Manager – Carlisle

Fiona manages the team; she coordinates the activities and ensures that everyone always has lots to do! If you are an employer who wants to work with students, a student with great ideas or you have some feedback you’d like to share, get in touch.

Joanne Watson – Careers Team Manager – Carlisle

Joanne not only looks after all of the coordinators (Keeping us all in line!) but is also an adviser, offering advice and guidance for students. She is always creating new and exciting presentations for our students. She is a font of all knowledge, having worked in the careers team the longest! Joanne loves traveling the world with Mexico, China and South Africa her favourites so far.

Julie Palmer – Careers Adviser and Student Development Adviser – Ambleside

Julie has a dual role within LiSS as a Student Development and Careers Adviser although she has worked within Student Services for the past 11 years. Julie is based in the Barn at Ambleside 2.5 days per week if you have any queries about ‘money issues’ or careers. Julie loves living in Cumbria as she likes to get out walking and cycling.

Kathryn Jones – Careers & Employability Coordinator – Carlisle

If you need an event, then Kathryn is the one to see! As well as running drop-in sessions for CV and application advice, Kathryn organises a variety of events in the Careers and Employability Service, including the annual nursing employability conference. In her spare time she is a member of a local historical re-enactment society where she makes clothes and crafts.

Libby Shaw – Career Ahead Officer – Lancaster

Libby is our Career Ahead guru – UoC’s employability Award; she knows it inside out and back to front! She is also one of our advisers, helping our students to figure out their career path and get ready for the working world. With a background in youth & community work Libby also supports young people in the local area, enjoys an outdoor active lifestyle, walking her dogs; cycling; swimming and running – hoping to beat her personal best in the Great North run this year.

Rachael Wainwright – Careers & Employability Coordinator – Lancaster

Rachael is the social media expert – anything to do with Twitter or Facebook is her thing! As well as running the promotion side of things Rachael has a background in marketing with a passion for design and technology. She runs the CV drop-ins in Lancaster and organises events for students and alumni. Rachael enjoys TV series such as Dexter, Vikings, Modern Family and Desperate housewives.

Rebekah Powell – Career Ahead Coordinator – Lancaster

Rebekah works with Libby on the Career Ahead employability award – if you have any questions, they are here to help! Rebekah also organises events such as the Creative Writing event held in Lancaster each year. Rebekah has recently completed her Masters – so will have lots of free time on her hands!

Gary the Gorilla – Careers Team Mascot

Oops – nearly forgot about Gary! He’s the most photogenic of the lot of us, and likes to go on lots of adventures. Come along to any of our events to meet him – make sure you bring him some cake though!

gary is a staff member


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