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Brief Encounter - Cleo Longworth

Cleo Longworth, Education Officer and Deputy PresidentPosition: Education Officer and Deputy President

Which means: Like the other six Sabbaticals, I graduated from Warwick, but was elected to stay for a further year to work as one of the directors of the Students’ Union. Hands on, my role is representing the views and interests of the student population on numerous academic committees. Also being a primary port of call for any student with academic-related issues.

Favourite phrase: “Pourquoi pas?”

Least favourite phrase: “So what is it that you actually do?” or “So what do you study?”

Magazines read: L’Express International, The Big Issue…and of course all the Education Supplements!

Life before Warwick: I’m a London Girl: born in Camden, raised in Highbury, schooled in Westminster. Then gap year in Paris and Antigua.

Smartest career move: Working in France during the third year of my degree. A priceless experience.

Best thing about working at Warwick: Getting to meet such a wide spectrum of people, especially those who bring and share experiences from other countries and cultures.

Worst thing about working at Warwick: Not being within walking distance of a train (or tube) station.

Lifelong ambition: To be a Blue Peter presenter.

People are always surprised to learn this about me, but... Public speaking makes me feel ill.

As a young child what did you want to be as a "grown-up"? Olympic Long Jump Champion.

Now that you are grown-up what would be your "dream job"? Tough one. I’m still tempted by the travelling, fundraising, meeting people and the here’s-one-I-made-earlier aspect of the Blue Peter job.

What has life's experience taught you so far? Not to be afraid to set specific targets for the future; and that being mixed race is as complex as it is beautiful.

Major achievement to date? Academic achievements aside - raising thousands of pounds for charity Link Community Development when I took part in their sponsored hitch-hike to Morocco.

What do you treasure most? My family. I am very fortunate to be related to such a stable, supportive and loving group of people.

Any hidden talents? My secret recipe banana cake (with passion fruit icing ;)

If you could change one thing in the University overnight, what would it be? I’d have University House closer to the Students’ Union, so that I wouldn’t be late for so many meetings!

Which person inspires you most, and why? Jesus of Nazareth. He stood up against the status quo, which we all know is no mean feat. There are very few role models for “how to be good” left.

Your all-time favourite record or piece of music? Probably “Big Calm” by Morcheeba, reminds me of a certain era of my adolescence.

Your favourite hobby or pastime? Making greetings cards, organising parties, watching Arsenal, travelling to far-flung places, Frisbee-ing, and bus-chasing in Winter.