My Melbourne with Suzanne Grogan

April 13 / 108

My Melbourne with Suzanne Grogan
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What is your title and role within the University?

I work in the law school on the southern part of the campus and I am a research centre coordinator. In the law school there are roughly 12 research centres of varying sizes and I work for three. They’re relatively small but I work for some other real burgeoning ones as well.

What is your typical day like?

The majority of my time is spent preparing for events that come from the research that the various centres are doing. And they tend to be collegial so they can be events with other academics from other centres or sometimes they are very much industry based. One in particular The CLEN (The Competition Law and Economics Network) is a collaboration  between the Commerce and Economics faculty and the Law school and that’s very much city focused so we have a lot of lawyers coming up from the city to talk about issues that are really relevant to competition law in particular.

What is it about your job that holds your interest or is particularly satisfying?

It’s very varied which is always nice and as a consequence time does tick by quite quickly and plenty of events all different sizes from quite small and intimate lunch time seminars all the way through to  one or two day conferences, sometimes attracting 100 plus people – so it’s always really busy which is nice.

How long have you been with the University?

I’ve been with the uni since 2009 I started as the EA to the Dean of the Law School and I’ve been in my current role now for the last two years

What is something about yourself that most of your colleagues wouldn't know?

I do have a hidden secret and that is I love to sing. Luckily I have my own office and I have the radio on quite often for company so when people pass my corridor they kind of look around and wonder where it’s coming from. So that is my weakness, I’m a Karaoke queen.
Where do you buy your coffee on campus?

We’re very spoilt for choice down at the Law School. We’ve got Seven Seeds around the corner and at least half a dozen within short walking distance But if I’m feeling particularly lazy I go to the one in the bottom of the law school which has got very, very good coffee. I’ve also just discovered a brand new one called Stovetop which is at the bottom of the eye and that’s very nice for food and drink. But we also have the luxury in the law school of University House in the Woodward Centre which is up on level 10, so if you are feeling really, really lazy and it’s cold and wet outside that’s good too.

What is the best piece of advice you would like to share?

If you have the time and inclination we need to stop relying quite so heavily on email communication and get out and have more coffee!

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