We have done quite a lot of these interviews over the last few years.  They’re intended to give anyone considering a job at RGU an impression of what it’s like to work here, the diverse and interesting nature of those who do – and also occasionally to surprise and entertain us.  Certainly, Karen has one of the most unusual and interesting surprises we’ve come across so far!  But you’ll have to read through her interview to find out what it is…

Karen RossName: Karen Ross 

Department: School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences 

Job title: Course Administrator 

Describe RGU in three words?

What do you like most about living and working in Aberdeen?
It’s my home town so I love how the new bypass has opened up opportunities for the city and how the daily commute has changed drastically regarding travelling times and routes. And of course, we have all the beautiful scenery surrounding us,  

What is your favourite place to go for a meal or a drink?
Union Square – whatever you fancy to eat or drink it can be found there. Variety is the spice of life after all … 

What leisure facilities in and around the city do you make most use of?
I try to get to the cinema at least once a week and make full use of the RGU discount scheme for tickets. Depending on what we want to see we’ll go to a Cineworld at either the beach or in Union Square. 

What is your favourite trip out of town – where in the surrounding countryside do you most enjoy spending a couple of hours away from work?
Always the beach – I love the coast. Aberdeen beach, Balmedie or further up the coast to a small fishing village called Collieston 

What would you say to anyone – at any level – thinking about coming to work at RGU to persuade them it’s the right career move?
Do it. I’m so happy to be working at the University. Everyone is so welcoming and friendly, the buildings are bright and airy with wonderful views out over the river. You are made to feel part of the team so quickly and despite the size of the campus, it takes no time at all to find your way around.  

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us?
I have my name inscribed on a microchip inside the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft which will take nearly seven years to gradually shrink its orbit around the sun.  This will come as close as 3.83 million miles (6.16 million kilometres) to the sun. This is closer than any spacecraft has come before and will provide the first-ever close-up view. Cool and geeky at the same time!