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Lucie Challen - Apprenticeship Coordinator

Lucie Challen

  • What do you do at the University?

I work within the Apprenticeship Team as the Apprenticeship Coordinator. I go to fairs, events and I am the contact for any apprentices on programme who need help or support.

  • How did you get there?

I knew the apprenticeship sector quite well from certain opportunities that I had gained in the past and I'm confident speaking to members of the public so I applied for the job and was successful.

  • Why Chichester?

I studied at the University 6 years ago and loved it. I also am local to the area and was part of a sports team in Chichester so its a place I love. I've always wanted to work in education and Chichester is a small University where everyone knows everyone.

  • How’s life outside work?

I used to play semi-professional football so I'm always keen to stay fit, I'm usually running, in the gym, walking the dog or maybe having a rest in a nice pub garden

  • What about the future?

I'd love to stay within the University of Chichester and hopefully grow Degree Apprenticeships as a whole, I'm confident it will grow and become a main contender for college/sixth form students, so I would love to be a part of the growth.

  • What would you say to someone thinking of coming here?

If you want a workplace that is caring, flexible and an all round lovely place to work then you've got nothing to lose. Every job takes time to get used to but I felt welcomed straight away and am now fully settled within my team.
 

DR AMY ELKINGTON - Senior Lecturer in Law

  • What do you do at the University?

I am a Senior Lecturer of Law and the programme co-ordinator for the LLB (Hons) Law degree.

  • How did you get there?

I studied a Law degree at Brunel University before completing a PGCE at the University of Portsmouth.  I then began teaching law and working as an examiner, which I have done for the last 5 years.  In 2018 I achieved a PhD, which focussed on the defence of duress in Criminal Law.

  • Why Chichester?

I applied to work at Chichester because of the ethos of the University.  I am passionate about student-centred teaching and learning that is inclusive and supportive.  Chichester creates an environment that is founded on these values.  Furthermore, it presented a great opportunity to develop a new Law provision that was current, accessible and engaging.

  • How’s life outside work?

I am a mother of two small children.  The area around Chichester is great for raising and entertaining a family.  There are lots of activities in and nearby Chichester, such as Trampolining, Swimming, Bowling, picnics in the grounds of the Cathedral, Fishbourne Roman Villa, Goodwood Race Course, Afternoon Tea at Stansted House, stunning beaches at the Witterings and great walks through the South Downs.

  • What about the future?

In the future I am interested in expanding the Law provision at Chichester by adding Masters programmes to the portfolio and Law in combination with other subjects.  I am also looking forward to being able to further my research in the area of Criminal Law and the injustices caused by the unfair application of defences.  Ultimately, I would like to become a Professor in Law.

  • What would you say to someone thinking of coming here?

I would say that Chichester is a lovely place to work.  The environment is beautiful and the people are really friendly and supportive.  There are lots of opportunities to engage with fellow employees, such as the healthy walk once a week, and many training opportunities to upskill in a variety of areas.

Nick Harvey - Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Sport

  • What do you do at the University?

I am a part time Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Sport. I work mainly on modules on the football coaching programme as well as strength & conditioning MSc and Sports coaching MSc. 

  • How did you get there?

My professional background is as a Physical performance Coach & Sports scientist in elite football. I was head of fitness at Southampton FC and also head of sports science at Reading FC before focusing on International football. I also had a short spell as Head of Sports science for Athletics Kolkata in the Indian super league.

I currently work with the England national Development teams and the England Mens Futsal teams alongside tutoring on various National coaching licenses. I combine these roles with my work at Chichester. 

  • Why Chichester?

Working at Chichester allows me to combine continuing roles in elite sport with my newly found passion for teaching. It's a really friendly and welcoming environment and i have been lucky to have had some great mentors at the University who have helped me to settle in. The City itself has a lovely feel to it and the campus has a really supportive community feeling.  

  • How’s life outside work?

I live in Southampton with my wife and 2 children. My passions outside work include playing and watching lots of sport and training in the studio gym I have built at home. However, both my daughters are more into dancing and singing so I have much less time available to watch football these days!!

  • What about the future?

I am currently completing my PGCert at the University so my focus is on continuing to improve and develop my teaching whilst continuing to support athletes in the world of elite sport. I hope this combination will help me bring a really applied focus to my teaching at the University, giving insights to students on how the principles we teach are used in elite sport.

  • What would you say to someone thinking of coming here?

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend coming to Chichester for the level of applied insight you can get to prepare you for the world after university. Highly experienced staff also offer high levels of individual support through your course. And of course, Chichester is a beautiful place to live and study and the community feel of the campus and all the activities that go on will ensure you ave a fun packed time here!!

Raz Samy - Engineering Technician

  • What do you do at the University?

I am a technician in the Department of Engineering, based in the Tech Park on the Bognor Regis Campus. The role involves working directly with staff and students supporting the investigation, design, manufacture and testing of projects. It’s a very varied role involving machine/tool/application instruction, operation and maintenance, setting up electrical and mechanical experiments and the inevitable logistics and administration that this requires.

  • How did you get there?

My background involves over thirty years teaching Design and Technology and Computer Science. I have worked in secondary schools in the UK, Thailand, Qatar and latterly teaching the children of British Forces personnel stationed in Germany.  As part of the major drawdown of British Forces from Germany in 2019, all MOD secondary schools were closed that summer. I took this as an opportunity to explore different employment options in the education sector.

  • Why Chichester?

My wife's family are from West Sussex so I have a great affinity with this area and living by the sea. From that point of view, it was the natural choice to return to this area. Why the University of Chichester? I fully agree with the overriding philosophy of the University and the Department of Engineering and Design - student-orientated learning based on a creative, practical approach. Throughout my career, this has been my approach to teaching. It is hard work but there are few better feelings than the pride experienced when education works and you have had a part in it.

  • How’s life outside work?

My wife and I are enjoying our return to the UK, building on existing friendships and making many new ones. The most unusual thing we have done so far is join a local Steel Drum Group which we are enjoying. Although both our son and daughter now work away from home (in Japan and for The University of Manchester, respectively) they are very much part of our lives. No one anticipated that the start to 2020 would be the way it currently is but there is plenty to do on around our house and, along with many others, we try to do our bit to help the community.

  • What about the future?

 In University terms, the department I work in is very new, there is always plenty to do. The department staff are working together to plan exciting further developments and programmes. Very few subjects are as constantly evolving as Technology and Engineering and it is great to continue to be part of that process of learning and development. My own learning is certainly not over, I'm very much in the mix of learning new things everyday too and the role I fulfil involves plenty of healthy challenge.

  • What would you say to someone thinking of coming here?

Come and see it in the flesh, as soon as you start to move around and talk to people here you will feel very positive. Pictures and text never tell the whole story.