Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Staff Profile

Laura Thomson

Deputy Director of Faculty Operations


Deputy Director of Faculty Operations

  • Leads the Faculty Student & Academic Services Team of around 45 staff across four core teams: Marketing & Communications, Education, Engagement & Internationalisation and Planning & Performance.
  • Responsible for the Global activity of the Faculty, including International Relations and Partnerships, student recruitment with global reach and student mobility.
  • Responsibile for the planning process of the Faculty including Strategic Planning, Annual Reviews, Student Number Planning and Business Continuity and Risk Management.
  • Deputises for the Director of Faculty Operations across all work functions as required.

Worked for 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.

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.


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