Laura Salisbury

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: Higher Education
Job title: Financial Operations Assistant (Student Funding)
Subject of study: Education
Year of graduation: 2022
Type/Level of study: Postgraduate Taught

Current Employer/Organisation Name

University of Exeter

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

Since leaving Exeter, I gained some experience working in a school as an education, health and care plan (EHCP) lead and volunteering within the charity sector. This relates to special educational needs and disabilities, mental health, hospices and social mobility charities. I then applied for an opportunity to work for the Success for All Fund and managed to obtain the role which I am currently in. I am still volunteering in the charity sector alongside this role and I am also co-chair for the disability network here at the University of Exeter. In August, I will also be helping admissions with clearance and confirmation.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

I chose this career because I realised I wanted to work at the University of Exeter – the culture aligns more with my values. With this in mind, I thought this role would be great at allowing me to give back to the student community. I most enjoy being able to make a difference for students within a supportive team.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

I was a member of the Disney society.

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

I most enjoyed being able to study interesting topics in great depth. The biggest highlight, in hindsight, was probably my dissertation where I was able to choose the topic and complete it with such pride and sense of accomplishment.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

Well-informed and approachable staff who allowed me to study the subject I am most passionate about in great depth.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

I  chose to study at Exeter because the programme had an opportunity to specialise in special educational needs which I am passionate about.

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

Gaining a wide range of skills and experiences in the charity sector, as well as being able to develop a professional network, which I can apply to other roles. Being pushed out of my comfort zone in order to fulfil my dreams has allowed me to keep following my passions.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

You will find the role that is right for you, even if that is not the stereotypical role or pathway.

What are your plans for the future?

I would like to continue working for the University of Exeter for as long as possible and support students.


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