School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Laura Thomson

School Manager - Engineering

Background

School Manager, School of Engineering

I have been employed by Newcastle University since 1997 in a number of roles ranging from technical laboratory work, financial administration, student lifecycle management and senior leadership and management positions.

I currently hold the position of School Manager for the School of Engineering. I am a member of the School Executive Board and I lead a team of 41 Professional Support staff in the School.

The aspects of my current role that I enjoy most are leadership, mentoring and developing new industrial and international partnerships. I feel proud to work for a world-leading University with research and teaching activities that make a difference to people's lives locally, nationally and internationally.

Outside of work I volunteer as a co-opted Governor for a local Primary School with a view to encouraging more children to be interested in Higher Education, and Science and Engineering in particular.

Work History:

March 2017 - present: School Manager, School of Engineering, Faculty of SAgE

August 2013- March 2017: Deputy Director of Faculty Operations, Faculty of SAgE

August 2012-August 2013: School Manager, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (secondment), Faculty of SAgE

January 2012-August 2012: Quality and Standards Administrator, Faculty of SAgE (secondment)

September 2002- January 2012: Centre Administrator, Combined Honours Centre, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences (HaSS)

September 2001- January 2007: Faculty Timetabler for Humanities and Social Sciences (undertaken alongside other roles)

August 2000 - August 2002: School Administrator, Department of Geography, Faculty of Law, Environment & Social Sciences

September 1997- August 2000: Technician, Department of Geography, Faculty of Law, Environment & Social Sciences

Qualifications:

Certificate in Internal Workplace Mediation by Acas

Certificate in Management accredited by the Chartered Management Institute

BA Hons Business and Finance

HND Business Management

Memberships:

Association of University Administrators (AUA)

Chartered Management Institute (CMI) 

Other:

Co-opted School Governor at a local Primary School