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Meet the Team


Meet Jill - Senior Adviser
Hello I'm Jill and I'm one of the managers of the SAC as well as being a long established adviser with 26 years experience under my belt – 18 of them at NUSU! Although when I started work in the SAC it was called The Union Society and had a hairdressers, a book shop and 5 different bars in the building! I love helping students with their issues and nothing makes me happier to hear of a happy ending to a problem, which doesn’t happen all the time however! Outside of work I am married with a teenage son and 3 cats who keep me company whilst I'm working remotely and I love a good horror film! Need to talk?

 


Meet Ruth - Senior Adviser 
Hi I'm Ruth and I'm a Senior Student Adviser at the SAC. I co-manage the service with Jill and have previously worked as a Senior Administrator at Northumbria Business School Admissions department and before that worked as an Administrative Assistant for the Student Advice Centre at Newcastle College Student Services department where I provided a range of student support. I worked as a volunteer for Gateshead Citizens Advice in 1994 undertaking their adviser training and in 2004 as a YMCA volunteer mentor for asylum seekers and refugees. I love reading and pottery, I'm a regular runner and I adore my little Shihpoo dog. Need to talk?

 


Meet Alexia - Adviser
Hello, I'm Alexia and I'm a part-time Generalist Adviser at the SAC. I have 20 years experience in the education sector, and have been at the SAC since 2016. I have had various volunteering roles, including as a support worker for a free counselling organisation for young people. I'm originally from Portsmouth, but have been fortunate enough to experience living abroad, in both Luxembourg and France, although my French is still atrocious (and I have a french husband, so I have no excuse!). I have two wonderfully crazy children, and an adorable dog, who hates the postman but loves to show his face during video calls, so if you have an appointment with me, you might be lucky enough to spot him! In my spare time I exercise as much as I can, as I love the way it makes me feel afterwards (and it means I can eat more chocolate!). . Need to talk?

 


Meet Emily - Adviser
Hi, I’m Emily and I am a full-time Adviser at the SAC! I have experience working in student-facing roles in Universities in the North East and love listening to and helping students. I am usually the Volunteer Coordinator but this year the scheme has sadly been postponed due to Covid-19, so keep an eye out for when the scheme is back up and running if this is something you're interested in! I love all things food, music, and crafts- so any recommendations are always welcome! Need to talk?

 


Meet Elina   - Administrative Support
Hello, my name is Elina and I'll be your first point of contact when using the SAC. I manage the administration side of the service, such as booking appointments with the advisers, managing case records, monitoring reports and statistics, and promoting the SAC. Originally from Bulgaria, I first came to Newcastle in 2016 to study translation and interpreting with German and French at Newcastle University. I graduated and left in the infamous year of 2020 but soon found myself missing Newcastle. Today I couldn't be happier to be back on campus and working to help students and the SAC team. In my free time, I like to seek out cozy local cafés, where I can draw or write. I also like to read, bake and spend time with my friends, both online and in-person. .