ASRA: A busy year ahead for an experienced committee

By Niamh Banks, ASRA Communications and IT Officer

Our first post-conference committee meeting was held in Birmingham on 22nd June.  The committee discussed plans for the 2017 & 2018 conferences, training programmes, how the new Events Officer role will support the regions, an update on how our new website is developing and feedback from the association’s continued representation on various committees including UUK, ANUK and HEAF.  

The agenda for the year has been laid out and there is a lot to work for the committee to do for its members in the next year including committee meetings November, January and April. 

As always, we value input from our members. 

ASRA Executive Officers

Chair: Karen Burke

Accommodation Services Manager, Sheffield Hallam University

Number of years working in student accommodation: 25

Life before student accommodation: The National Health Service

Motto: “Never say no until you have thought it through. Nothing is impossible.”

 

Secretary: Alison Spencer

Accommodation Administrator, The University of St Mark & St John

Number of years working in student accommodation: 24

Life before student accommodation: Sales and Administration 43+

Motto: “There is nothing we cannot deal with.”

 

Treasurer:  Tracey Garner

Finance Manager, Accommodation and Commercial Services, University of Sheffield

Number of years working in student accommodation: 22

Life before student accommodation: Local government

Motto: “Strive to be the best at what you do… and smile (you might just make someone’s day!)”

 

Events Officer: Lynn Wingate

Operations Manager, Sanctuary Students

Number of years working in student accommodation: 21

Life before student accommodation: Hotel and Facilities Management

 

Training Officer: Einita Sohal

City Manager, Unite Students

Number of years working in student accommodation:

Years working with students: 7

Life before student accommodation: Wholesale management 

Motto: “Together we can make the anything happen.”

 

Communications and IT Officer: Niamh Banks

Residences Supervisor, Maynooth University

Number of years working in student accommodation: 10

Years working with students: 20

Life before student accommodation: Event management and education

Motto: “Never forget the 11th commandment.”

We are lucky enough to be part of facilitating a safe and enjoyable community based living and learning environment for thousands of students every year, enjoy it! – Tom Bates

Regional Representatives

Ireland: Sarah Emerson 

Sourcing & Works Manager, Dublin City University

Number of years working in student accommodation: 11

Years working with Students: 11

Life before student accommodation: Hotel management

Motto: “OK is not good enough.”

 

Wales: Tom Bates

Head of Campus Life, Aberystwyth University

Number of years working in student accommodation: 5

Life before student accommodation: Hotel management

Motto: “We are lucky enough to be part of facilitating a safe and enjoyable community based living and learning environment for thousands of students every year, enjoy it!”

 

Midlands East: Sam McDonnell

Residence Assistant, University of Lincoln

Number of years working in student accommodation: 10

Years working with students: 10

Life before student accommodation: Went straight into working in student accommodation.

Motto: “You’re not the first person this has happened to, and you won’t be the last.”

 

South East: Lisette Metcalfe

Student Housing Services Manager, Middlesex University

Number of years working in student accommodation: 2

Years working with students: 12

Life before student accommodation: Financial Services

Motto: “Keep smiling.”

 

Scotland: Jacqui Tuckwell

Head of Residential Services, University of Aberdeen

Years in current role: 6

Number of years working in student accommodation: 18

Life before student accommodation: Career Advisor

Motto: “Smile, it helps.”

 

South West: Neil Harrison

Residence Life Advisor, University of Exeter

Years in current role: 5

Number of years working in student accommodation: 15

Life before student accommodation: Housing Officer

Motto: “Ensure you get both sides of the story before you act.”

 

Northern: Rebecca O’Hare.  

Resident Life Manager, Campus Living Villages

Number of years working in student accommodation: 8

Years working with students: 10

Life before student accommodation: Art Teacher.

Motto: “Your attitude, not your aptitude, determines your altitude.”

 

Did you know?

The ASRA committee has spent:

  • 166 years working in Student Accommodation
  • 200 years working with students
  • 76 years working outside the HE/FE sector?

 

ASRA is the Assocation for Student Residential Accommodation. If you would like to contact the committee, you can find contact details online: www.asra.ac.uk