With Laura Beaton

September 11 / 70

What is your unit?

Advancement and Communications Unit in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

What is your job title?

Alumni, donor and scholarships support officer.

How long have you been with the University of Melbourne?

Seven months.

How did you come to work at the University?

After finishing my studies in medical science and science communication, I moved to Melbourne and I still wanted to be around a university, so I applied.

Describe your typical day

A ‘typical day’ is a bit of an oxymoron in Advancement and Communications. I might be helping with an event, thanking donors, planning for the 150th celebrations of the Melbourne Medical School, providing data on our alumni and supporters or keeping in touch with scholarship recipients.  Most days though will include eating cake and finding out about some amazing work being done at the University.  

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

I really enjoy knowing that the work I do helps keep people engaged with the University and the wonderful research and teaching it does, as well as supporting students with scholarships.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

If you have to make a tough decision, flip a coin. If you’re disappointed with the outcome, you then know what you really want to do.

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

I am have travelled around rural, regional and remote Australia performing fun and exciting science shows in schools to inspire and engage the community with science.  In doing so, I’ve set handfuls of bubbles on fire, stood on lightbulbs, blown up a balloon from the outside, learned to play the musical straw and make a piece of paper have only one side.
Where do you buy your coffee on campus?

At Seven Seeds, where I can appreciate all the Melbourne hipsters and their novelty facial hair and tattoos

What do you like most about the University?

It is full of nerds like me who are really excited about the work they do and are happy to share it with others.

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