We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

Durham University

Let's Network

Member Profiles

Member profiles have been developed to create an ever-present AUA Durham Network. The profiles are designed to provide members with information on colleagues’ roles, experiences and interests. Whether you’re looking for advice, to link up with colleagues in similar roles, or to find out about something new, we hope that these member profiles will help you make the most out of your AUA Durham Network. We’re also proud to showcase and celebrate the wide variety of staff at Durham who are members of the AUA.

Alyson Bird

Name: Alyson Bird (MAUA; Branch Advocate)

Role: Educational Policy Support Officer - I support Education Committee and its sub-committee’s; manage the University’s engagement with external student surveys and develop education policy.

Department: Academic Support Office

Why did you join the AUA?: To further develop my professional skills; to meet new people in the sector; to demonstrate my commitment to my professional development.

Hoping to achieve: AUA Accreditation; a better understanding of the challenges facing the HE sector; a network of colleagues across the sector.

Interested in developing: Embracing change; developing self and others; working together

Ask me about: AUA; quality assurance; surveys; policy development; university committees


Andrew Unwin

Name: Andrew Unwin (MAUA; Branch Advocate)

Role: Senior Administrator – I’m Secretary to Chemistry’s Board of Studies, Board of Examiners, Safety Committee, Senior Management groups; I also provide wide-ranging support to the Head of Department, Director of Education, Director of Research, and other colleagues, particularly with HR matters.

Department: Chemistry

Why did you join the AUA?: The then-Registrar asked me to become ‘branch coordinator’, and membership was inextricably linked…

Hoping to achieve: I’m just starting out on the dissertation for my distance learning MA so am looking forward to completing that this year…

Interested in developing: Managing self and personal skills (particularly Leadership skills)

Ask me about: AUA, membership and conferences; quality assurance; committee servicing; departmental administration


Emma Chapman

Name: Emma Chapman

Role: Department Manager responsible for Education Support, Research Support, Technical Support and Finance

Department: Anthropology

Why did you join the AUA?: To help develop best practice within my department

Hoping to achieve: New ways of working through streamlining processes and finding common solutions to shared problems.

Interested in developing: Delivering excellent service, using resources effectively and finding solutions.

Ask me about: Process redesign; Team leadership; Managing Resources.


Create/Update your profile

Create or update your profile by contacting your Branch Advocates at