Lucy Hodges - Centre Administrator

What excites me most about joining the Centre?

The possibilities! Interdisciplinary collaboration is absolutely vital for the survival of research, and I believe the Centre offers the opportunity to explore the ways Exeter can facilitate that. I can’t wait to see what we come up with!

My academic background is in the Humanities – I have a BA (Hons) in English Studies, and an MA in Eighteenth Century Studies (my first introduction to interdisciplinary research, when I combined literature, gender studies and history!). I graduated from the latter in 2010, and have worked in universities ever since.

Initially, I worked for the University of Southampton in Student Support, before moving to Exeter in late 2012. I have worked for UEMS since February 2013, firstly as the administrator for the Neuroscience department, and more recently in Research Finance.

I moved to the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health in November 2017.

I’m proud of all the things I achieve in my working life, because I try to always leave things better than I found them. I’ve achieved a lot since joining Exeter, including designing and creating a database for equipment maintenance in the Medical School (which improved efficiency and reduced expenditure), establishing the Neuroscience department and moving in three research labs, and updating the journaling process within UEMS in conjunction with the College finance staff.

But the thing that will always make me smile is the review from a schoolkid who was taking part in a widening participation event. We were collecting feedback via postcards with a series of tickboxes (Poor, Average, Good, Excellent) to see what we could improve for the next year. The respondent had scribbled out the tickboxes, and drawn in their own, labelled “Absolutely Amazing”. That made the hard work worth it!

My role within the Centre will be to support all academics and management staff with the day-to-day administration and to create a supportive, encouraging and friendly work environment. However, I can turn my hand to most things, so I’m hoping for plenty of challenges and opportunities…

I do an excellent turn in ugly face selfies – but I hope you’ll NEVER find them via Google!!