Welcome to M25 SpeedMeet. Every month we meet someone working in an M25 member institution and ask them to tell us a little bit about themselves.
One of the three strategic themes of the M25 Strategic Plan 2019-2022 is connecting and collaborating through our network. Our aim is to provide a regional network whose members offer multiple perspectives that can inform decision making, and facilitate opportunities for networking and joint working on shared issues. What better way to do this than to meet?
If you’d like to feature in the M25 SpeedMeet, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who are you, where are you based and what do you do?
Birgit Fraser, Assistant Director – Academic and Content Services, Anglia Ruskin University. I’m based at the Chelmsford site and I lead our teams across academic and content services in delivering high quality academic liaison and research support, acquiring and managing print and online collections, delivering content to users and providing a comprehensive range of information and digital skills training to support our staff and students.
What do you most enjoy about your job?
I like the large variety of the job, the opportunity to make a strategic contribution to the areas I’m involved in, and working in collaboration with a large variety of colleagues across the university.
What motivates you in your work?
I find it endlessly motivating to know that my work, in combination with the work and expertise of my colleagues, can have a positive impact our students’ university experience.
How has/can the M25 Consortium support you in your career?
I have always found the varied professional development programme, and all the networking this entails, very beneficial throughout my career.
What would it surprise people to know about you?
I used to be a bass player in a band before I started university, although we never graduated beyond the rehearsal room and a couple of gigs at the local youth centre.
I like crochet and sometimes spend evenings working on a new blanket or winter accessories.
Complete the sentence: If I wasn’t working in a library I would be…working as a political researcher or sociologist, because I very nearly ended up going down that route as a university student.
Birgit Fraser, Anglia Ruskin University, November 2022
To read more SpeedMeet interviews see the links below!