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Brief Encounter - Emma Wilkins

Emma Wilkins

Emma is based in the Personnel Office and is responsible for managing the University’s Job Evaluation Project in line with the University’s HR Strategy and the national modernisation of pay structures in Higher Education.


Position
Job Evaluation Project Manager

Favourite phrase
Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.

Least favourite phrase
Can I ask a favour ...

Magazines read
Given my profession, I subscribe to and read relevant Personnel Management magazines, although I would have to admit that they are not the most exciting of reads! I therefore balance them out with a good helping of celebrity gossip and am drawn to any magazine that purports to tell me who’s doing what, where and in what outfit.

Life before Warwick
I worked at King Alfred’s College for four years as a Personnel Operations Manager and then subsequently, following a year in FE, as their Job Evaluation Project Manager. I then took a career break to travel in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Cambodia, before coming to Warwick in September 2002.

Smartest career move
Not pursuing a career in law, but instead opting to go into personnel management. During my studies I developed a keen interest in employment law and its application in the workplace and consequently chose to pursue personnel as a career, rather than advocacy. I have never looked back.

Worst thing about working at Warwick
Not having a culture of meeting people from other departments in social situations. No informal staff bar.

People are always surprised to learn this about me, but ...
I don’t always say the first thing that comes into my head and do occasionally think before I speak!

What has life’s experience taught you so far?
Never take yourself too seriously and don’t take anything for granted, especially life.