Professional Services Staff Profiles
Interviews with the dedicated staff members who support DPAG's academic, research and teaching objectives and ensures its smooth running.
Emma first joined DPAG on reception in Spring 2020 acting as the first point of contact for the department handling a wide variety of enquiries. This year, she has taken on the role of Administrative Assistant, a brand new role within DPAG, which is now fundamental to the smooth running of the work of the department’s Facilities team.
The first of our new role quickfire snapshot profiles! Pete has been with DPAG for 44 years, starting as a technician in the Department of Human Anatomy. He has worked a variety of roles across DPAG's core technical support and professional services teams, and now heads up the department's Digital Media production responsible for creating a strong visual identity to be seen by both the departmental community and the outside world.
Jeanne joined DPAG in February 2017 as a receptionist in Le Gros Clark, joining us from the Bodleian Library. In March 2018 she took on the role of Bequest Secretary in the Anatomy team. The ability of Oxford’s medical students to study the human body is an invaluable part of their medical education. Each year the team needs a number of donated cadavers for this purpose. Jeanne is responsible for managing the donations programme and overseeing around 5000 donors currently registered on the system. Interview on 7 January 2022.
Louise joined DPAG in May 2018, following a Business Manager role at the University of Aberdeen. As DPAG’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Officer, she develops, implements, and monitors a wide range of initiatives to promote equality and diversity within an inclusive working and learning environment where the rights and dignity of all DPAG staff and students are respected. Interview on 20 October 2021.
Jamie was with DPAG from May 2020 - August 2021, joining us from the Geography department. As an Accounts Assistant in the busy Finance team, he handled the crucial day-to-day of managing the money that comes in and out of the department in support of the department’s financial strategy. Interview on Wednesday 21 April 2021.
Vicky was with DPAG from October 2015 after her first University of Oxford Personal Assistant role in the central Development Office until August 2022. As PA to Head of Administration and Finance Sally Vine, she managed a varied and evolving workload in order to facilitate Sally in delivering the department's overarching strategy for research and teaching. Interview on Wednesday 27 January 2021.
Wanda came to DPAG in July 2020, joining us after running the Finance team at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences. As Senior Research and Finance Manager, she is responsible for bringing the Finance and Research Administration teams together into a cohesive and streamlined unit and overseeing the department’s financial and research strategy. Interview on 1 October 2020.
Sally came to DPAG in January 2020, joining us after running the University’s Internal Audit and looking after the Audit and Scrutiny Committee in Wellington Square, She is also a former Physiological Sciences undergraduate here. As HoAF, she is responsible for the department's professional services teams and ensuring the administrative support required to deliver the department's research and teaching mission. Now six months in, she has the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic to manage, alongside her continued work to support the department's overarching strategy. Interview on 21 May 2020.
Lydia joined DPAG in August 2016, first starting as an Administration Assistant in the Research Administration Team, joining us from the National Trust where she had worked in a variety of roles. As Research Administration Officer now, she is responsible for maintaining a portfolio of grants to support DPAG's research groups and contributes to the development of new processes that are adopted University-wide. Interview on Wednesday 29 April.
Colin has been with the department since June 1983, joining us from Oxford Town Hall. He offers a full range of reprographics and photography services for the department, which includes printing a wide range of academic, scientific and administrative materials, alongside taking and printing bespoke photographs for both events and research work. Interview on Thursday 23 January 2020.
Jennifer has been with DPAG since October 2019, joining us from the Department of Zoology. She is a Service Desk Analyst as part of DPAG's IT Services team and is responsible for helping departmental members across the full life cycle of their IT equipment, alongside finding solutions to a wide variety of user requests each day. Interview on Thursday 12 December 2019.
Fiona has been with DPAG since May 2003, joining us with the Clarke Group from the old Biochemistry Tower. She's now Executive Assistant for Gero Miesenboeck based at the Tinsley Building and is responsible for providing a full range of administrative support to the various research groups at CNCB, alongside developing a whole host of responsibilities outside of her official capacity, including being a University Harassment Advisor. Interview on Tuesday 19 November 2019.
Lynn was with DPAG from June 2015 - June 2020, joining us from the Nuffield Department of Population Health (NDPH), and heads up the Research Administration team. She was responsible for overseeing the department’s entire research portfolio, managing the pre and post research awards process to facilitate the full cycle from research application to the fruition of a new research project. Interview on Thursday 24 October 2019.
Ryan has been part of DPAG’s Teaching and Technical Support team since March 2017, working on setting up and running the physiology practical classes, and has recently taken up the post of Practical Teaching and Technician Manager. Prior to this, he worked at the John Radcliffe Hospital and has also worked in the department before, first joining in November 2007 to work in the Mortuary. Interview on Wednesday 2 October 2019.
Katie has been with DPAG since February 2018, and as part of the HR team, is responsible for facilitating the administration for a full range of HR services. Prior to this, she worked for entrepreneurs in a tech and sports company respectively. Interview on Wednesday 14 August 2019. Katie became HR Advisor in September 2020 and is now Deputy HR Manager as of July 2021.
Rob was with DPAG from September 2009 - April 2020, heading up the Finance team. He was responsible for managing the department's financial strategic goals to support both its research and non-research objectives, while overseeing the day-to-day running of the various accounts and transactions. Prior to this, he spent 4 years in the central University's Research Accounts team. Interview on Wednesday 31 July 2019.
Tania was with DPAG from late November 2013 - November 2019. As Head of Administration and Finance she was responsible for providing the administrative and technical support required to facilitate the Department's teaching and research. She has been at the University of Oxford for 18 years, working at the Law Faculty, Department of Paediatrics, setting up the Medical Sciences Doctoral Training Centre, and most recently the Department of Surgical Sciences, before taking the reins at DPAG in 2013. Interview on Thursday 27 June 2019.
Talitha has been with DPAG since late October 2018, and her primary responsibility is to support the department's staff and students in communicating their work and achievements to a variety of audiences. Prior to this, she worked briefly in the University's Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach office after coming to Communications from an eight year career in Broadcast Television. Interview on Tuesday 28 May 2019.
Sean has been with DPAG since June 2014 and heads up the IT Services team. He is responsible for facilitating a full range of activities within IT for both staff and students. Prior to this, he spent 2 Years in the Department of Surgical Sciences. Interview on Wednesday 24 April 2019.
Sean has been with DPAG since September 2014, and as part of the Facilities team, is responsible for undertaking critical building maintenance, repairs and installations, alongside designing and refurbishing laboratories to ensure Researchers' space requirements are met. Interview on Thursday 28 March 2019.