Interview with SLO Katherine Drew, who studied Classics at Peterhouse
- What attracted you to the SLO role at Fitz?
It seemed like such a fantastic opportunity to do some really fulfilling work that I'm really passionate about. The role certainly plays into my strengths since I've always been quite bubbly and good at organisation.
- Did you do some access and widening participation work while you were a student?
I helped out with a lot of Access events - I think that's what made me realise that I wanted to be an SLO!
- What does your role involve? What have you done so far and what have you got planned? Any exciting initiatives coming up?
I sort of do a bit of everything! I organise for schools to come and visit us (group size can range from 10 to 100!), travel to schools in Cheshire, Cumbria, and Hammersmith and Fulham, and I work closely with Fitz students who want to engage in access opportunities. At the moment I'm hoping to work with the JCR Target and Access Officer on a large-scale humanities event.
- What do you enjoy about the role?
I love how varied it is- one day I can be explaining how university works to a group of Year 7s, and the next I'll be arranging a residential for Year 12s! I also really enjoy having the opportunity to travel a lot to our link areas.
- What are you hoping to achieve during your time here?
I want to focus on developing good relationships with schools so that future SLOs have a large number of schools eager to work with them. I'm not currently in contact with all of our link area schools and I want to change that.
- How do we measure the impact of the schools liaison work we do? E.g. do we monitor application and offer rates in the areas of the country that we cover?
A lot of my role is evaluation. For all of my major events I conduct before and after questionnaires so I can see whether the event has made the student more likely to apply to competitive universities. After students apply to university, we find out how many students from our link areas applied to Fitz, and how many students who attended an event applied to Cambridge.
- How are you finding being at Fitz? What do you think of the College?
I'm absolutely loving it! It certainly deserves its reputation as the 'friendly college' - everyone is so lovely and ready to help with anything!