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5 minutes with Sarah Jeffrey

Sarah Jeffrey recently joined the School of Cancer & Pharmaceutical Sciences as its new interim School Manager. She joins from the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences, where she has been the HR Manager for over 5 years. We spoke to her about where she sees herself in five years time, being a white collar boxing champion, and her love of theatre and film.

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Briefly, tell us about your background and career up to this point?

I started at UCL in 2013 in the Cancer Institute as a HR Operations Assistant and then was promoted to HR Operations Officer – I then went on a 1 year secondment at the Medical School as HR Staffing Manager when I established that I wanted to stay at management level. I then applied for the HR manager role in Institute of Healthcare Engineering, I was there for 6 months before we were TUPE’d across to Kings and joined the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences, I have been the HR Manager there for over 5 years until I recently took up a new secondment opportunity as interim School Manager in Cancer & Pharmaceutical Sciences which I am doing until the end of the year – I am really pleased about this new challenge and was very excited when this unique opportunity arose!

What do you think people in the School would find most surprising about you?

I am a white collar boxing champion!

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

I hope to still be in the university sector and depending on how this secondment goes, my aim would be a School Manager role – I really love working at a department level as I really enjoy working with people on all levels and the research and teaching that goes on in FoLSM is truly incredible, I am really proud to be part of it.

What do you do with your time outside academia/work?

I am a very sociable person so I like to see my friends a lot, we often go to lots of nice restaurants and bars. I love the theatre and film so I try and see as much as I can! I also enjoy lots of long walks and anything physical that can challenge me.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

My proudest accomplishment would be running the London Marathon, I raised £6,000 for the UCL Cancer Institute. It was a very hard challenge but I would encourage anyone to do it – one of the best days of my life! (I also couldn’t run before I started training so anyone can do it!)

QUICK-FIRE:

Favourite London restaurant: Chotto Mate Soho or Brasserie Zedel

Favourite book: The Kind Worth Killing – Peter Swanson or The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides

Coffee order: Americano with oat milk

One thing you could not go a day without: Music!

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Sarah Jeffrey

Sarah Jeffrey

School HR Manager

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