In this post we meet Angela Sturniolo, Research Support Officer in Edinburgh Research Office and talk about organising events, good customer service and Italian cooking.
What led you to work at the University?
I come from a background in the Tourism Industry, before joining the University I worked for the Scottish Tourist Board and a few Tour Operators. Planning, organising, attention to detail and being in contact with people has always been my strength, so when I decided to explore an alternative career path, joining the University of Edinburgh seemed the perfect match. Here I could use my experience in helping people with planning, administrative and organisational tasks.
How long have you been at the University?
I have been working for the University for nearly 4 years, starting my career at the School of Informatics and just recently I joined the Edinburgh Research Office as Research Support Officer within the Research Funding Team.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
Organising, planning, coordinating and being able to help colleagues is what makes me feel that I am contributing efficiently to the delivery of good customer service. I also enjoy working under pressure and meeting deadlines, but not always!!
Ask me about…
Organising on site and online meetings and events, mock interviews, development and coordination of processes, creating presentations, collating information, liaising with internal and external clients, supporting the Research Funding’s Managers and Teams. You can also ask me how to make bread, bake cakes and how to make a real good tiramisu’ or pasta alla Norma!
What do you like doing when you are not being a Research Support Officer?
I love my cat Jamie he is very playful so I spend time playing with him, but I also love the outdoors and exploring this beautiful country and its history so, when it is possible, I am out and about. I also like cooking Italian dishes and experimenting with new ones.
Favourite thing to do in Edinburgh?
Hiking to the top of Arthur’s Seat and enjoying the majestic view of Edinburgh when the mornings are crisp and clear or at sunset, running or enjoying a session of yoga in the park.