I am one of Sidney’s two Tutorial Assistants at Sidney Sussex College supporting those responsible for our undergraduates’ learning and well-being. I work closely with my colleagues in the Tutorial Team and with the Senior Tutor and the Pastoral Team as well as getting to meet most students directly, whilst:

  • Answering undergraduate students’ queries (email, telephone or face to face), or directing them to the most appropriate person so that an answer can be found;
  • Together with my colleague in the Tutorial Office we manage the examination process from start to finish for all undergraduates;
  • Helping to organise College events for students throughout their time at Sidney from Freshers’ arrivals, Matriculation, Parents’ Feasts all the way through to Graduation;
  • Assisting the Senior Tutor in preparation for and minuting of various College Committees.

I have been in post for almost 6 years and I really enjoy my job! It took a little while to get used to the great variety of tasks, and the fact that many only occur once a year meaning familiarity takes time to build.

I have found the Sidney community to be friendly and welcoming. The members of the Sidney family, be they students, Fellows, or staff, are approachable and supportive.

With its ancient buildings and the amazingly tranquil gardens, I consider myself lucky to work in such beautiful surroundings.