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Brief Encounter with Claudie Combelas

 Claudie Combelas is co-ordinating and overseeing the University's 40th Anniversary celebrations next year. (The University received its Royal Charter and took its first intake of undergraduate students in 1965.) This is a significant milestone in our history and every member of the University past and present has contributed to the University's success. Claudie would like this to be a celebration for everyone and give everybody a chance to get involved.


Alumni Projects Officer

Which means

I work in the Development & Alumni Relations Office with the nicest bunch of people you can imagine.

Favourite phrase

If you can't change the people around you, change the people you are around.

Least favourite phrase


Life before Warwick

My last job before coming to Warwick as a mature student was for Allen & Overy, one of the UK's top law firms, working both in Paris and London.

People are always surprised to learn this about me, but…

I am French with a Dutch mother and I was born in Paris. I moved here when I was 19 and all my family still live abroad.

As a young child what did you want to be as a "grown-up"?

A pilot.

Now that you are a "grown-up" what would be your "dream job"?

Anything involving travel.

Major achievement to date?

Getting a distinction in my MA in Translation Studies from Warwick last autumn.

If you could change one thing in the University overnight, what would it be?

The price of drinks and sandwiches - can't afford them.