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Fiona Warburton currently works part-time as Visiting Lecturer in Events and Festivals Management and part-time as Assistant Subject Librarian here at University Centre Shrewsbury. She has also been a senior examiner for Cambridge Assessment International Education since 2000, writing assessment materials and delivering examination training in Travel and Tourism related subjects as well as working with ministries of education and tourism, including Mauritius, Lesotho and Singapore.  She was previously head of vocational education at a school in Rugby.

What is a typical day at work for you?  

Every day is different for me, depending on which role I am carrying out. When I am at UCS, the majority of my time is spent working directly with students, either teaching in class or in the library helping them with their information literacy skills. Evenings are spent preparing sessions and marking assignments.

What is your favourite thing about your job?

Getting to work with such a great bunch of people. It is honestly a privilege to spend time with our students, who make UCS a great place to work.

What has been your proudest moment whilst working at the University?

Being relatively new to lecturing here, I guess for me it was reading the first assignments written by the students and seeing how well they were able to develop an argument based on the input from my lectures. 

Do you have any exciting upcoming projects?

I am always lucky enough to be invited to take part in something new – both here at the university and in my work as an examiner. I am currently running online training for overseas teachers from all around the globe, which is fascinating as I get to learn about the education systems of different countries. At UCS I am hoping to get more involved in the Events and Festivals Management programme.

Choose a movie title for the story of your life and explain why it represents you.

“In pursuit of happiness”, because despite being really content with life, I feel there are so many more ‘happy’ moments and places for me to experience.

If you could have a superpower what would you choose?

Making everyone around me freeze in time to give me the chance to catch up.

What is the best piece of advice that you could give to a student? 

Read. Read a lot and allow yourself to be curious.

What makes University Centre Shrewsbury unique?

The personal touch. The fact that we are still small means that there will always be someone in your corner.  

Find out more about Events and Festivals Management here.

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