I can’t…can I?

16 July 2018

Author: Katie Reddy, Business Support Officer, Doncaster Research School & Partners in Learning

I’m not an educationalist nor am I gifted in the art of technology or social media, so being new to the world of education (aside from growing up in a family of teachers) and working with the likes of Twitter, SurveyMonkey, Campaign Monitor to name but a few, has been daunting to say the least.

I joined Doncaster Research School in September 2017, the role was new.  I’ve worked in an office environment for the majority of my working life, PA, Office Manager, Legal Secretary and I’ve done a bit of advertising along the way.  I thought that being an Administrator would be straightforward, I would get to stay behind the scenes, happily beavering away getting the job done.  Fast forward ten months and I’ve realised that’s not the case.

The Administrators for the Research Schools are responsible for a variety of aspects such as:

  • Organising events
  • Maintaining the website
  • Collating specific information to feed back to the RSN, IEE and the EEF
  • Promoting the work of the Research Schools on social media
  • Issuing their own Research School Newsletter

This is just a short list that is growing as the roles and the schools develop.  From September I will be working closely with our newly designated SLR’s (Specialist Leaders in Research) and I will also be implementing a more robust communication and marketing strand alongside my colleagues at the Partners in Learning TSA.

Reflecting over this first year of Doncaster Research School, I have to say that I’m really enjoying my new role.  I am proud to be an advocate for Doncaster Research School and the Research School Network.  I personally feel that what we do makes a difference, not just to us but to the children who are at the core of the research and work.

I’ve gone from…

“I can’t drive to somewhere I don’t know on my own and meet people I don’t know” to attending an Admin Network Day at York University, resulting in coming away with new ways of working and exciting ideas.

“I can’t use Twitter, I don’t do social media” to not being able to keep off the thing and even utilising TweetDeck!

I suppose what I’m saying now is “I CAN”.  The Research School Network work collaboratively with each other, there is always someone there to help and guide you and someone will know the answer.  Doncaster Research School will do this for everyone we work with and in the event that we can’t, well…we’ll know someone who can!

Posted on 16 July 2018
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