Name, role and department:
Naomi Buckley Student Support Officer and Co Chair- Gender Staff Forum. Science and Engineering and Faculty of Education.
How long have you been at Manchester Met:
As a a member of staff, since 2011.
Favourite thing about the University:
Extra activities for staff, such as Unifit, free fitness sessions, cycle to work scheme and Engage week. So much planning and thought must go into it all and it really benefits staff wellbeing.
A typical working day:
No two days are ever the same……first thing coffee then reading and answering emails from students, possibly in distress or in need of.
Throughout the day several students will ask to see the SSO or have planned appointments, they can require anything from study skills referencing session, one to one support for a personal issue or need signposting to another service. Lots of liaison with colleagues on hubs, central support services, academic staff and administrative staff ensues to arrange the right support!
I am also regularly approached by members of staff to report a staff gender equality concern and spend time preparing reports and interventions with regards to gender equality and diversity.
During Induction, there are several student Induction sessions, outlining support for study skills and pastoral care issues at the University.
Part of my day will also usually involve teaching a study skills session, on something like critical analysis, exam prep or writing a literature review. So planning and prep also around these sessions.
Finally, preparing an information for my colleagues for handover, as I work in two faculties.
What is your ideal weekend:
Friday night at the Star and Garter Smiths night with friends, then a look around a gallery or museum and nice food and drink at the weekend.
Obviously if money were no object, I’d fly to Istanbul for the weekend to be with my family who live there where the interesting fact below will probably be put to use!
Interesting fact about you:
I can pretty much sing any song in Turkish Karaoke by 90’s pop star Tarkan. But know very little actual useful Turkish.
What are you reading, watching or listening to at the moment:
I like a band called Christine and the Queens and I like listening to podcasts like ‘This American Life’ when I get the chance.
I am coming to the end of reading ‘Ragtime’ by by E. L. Doctorow, interesting little book. Without realising it, I often gravitate to novels about the American Dream gone wrong.
I have just watched a great poignant comedy called Fleabag, but of course love Game of Thrones!
Favourite place in the region:
Ancoats world heritage site nomination area! Although I am sure this won’t be a popular choice.
Person you would most like to meet- past or present, real or fictional:
Morrissey. Although they say don’t meet your heroes.
What items would you take on a desert island and why:
Ah difficult- possibly a book, a very long one? Like Karl Ove Knausgård.
Suncream and an endless supply of Iced Coffee.