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A Brief Encounter with Kelly Robinson

Kelly Robinson
Kelly Robinson
Originally published 27 February 2004

Kelly is the University’s Administrative Officer responsible for helping to prepare the submission for the forthcoming QAA exercise. Kelly began her career in University administration on Cardiff University’s graduate training scheme before moving to Warwick


Administrative Officer/Project Officer

Which means?

I wear 3 hats in my job. For half of the week I work on Quality and Audit, getting ready for the QAA exercise and, in particular, helping the Sociology department prepare their QAA submission. The other half of the week is spent working as the assistant secretary to the Social Studies Faculty and working as the project officer for the Midlands Hub.

Favourite phrase

“One door closes and another one opens”

Smartest career move

Quitting a student job working in a sandwich factory

Best thing about working at Warwick

The variety and fast-pace of administrative work

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

I am distantly related to both Spike Milligan and Robert Kilroy-Silk – but I share nothing in common with either of them

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

A teacher. My background is in English literature, so I’d have probably been an English teacher.

What has life's experience taught you so far?

Don’t take what you have for granted – everything changes

Major achievement to date?

Winning a £1000 prize for my degree or moving my house and job all within the space of 3 months.

What do you treasure most?

My two cats, Frank and Ted, and living so close to my family and my oldest friends

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

Some of the 1960s architecture

Your favourite hobby or pastime?

Pottering in my garden, Boxercise, learning to ride.