Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Staff Profile

Laura Thomson

School Manager - Engineering


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


Certificate in Internal Workplace Mediation by Acas

Certificate in Management accredited by the Chartered Management Institute

BA Hons Business and Finance

HND Business Management


Association of University Administrators (AUA)

Chartered Management Institute (CMI) 


Co-opted School Governor at a local Primary School