Our People: Barbara Quinlan

Category: #OurPeople

7 July 2017

Barbara Quinlan

As a developer on a system called Anglia Student Record Administration, or ASTRA for short, I'm part of the IT Services department here at ARU.

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I mainly work on Academic Model Maintenance, Curriculum Management, Placements and I’m about to start working on the Degree Apprenticeship project. I support other areas as well including Finance, ASTRA Infrastructure, Admissions and Registration.

I love collaborating with my university colleagues to understand their business requirements and what they need to make their job successful. I really enjoy exploring solutions and putting it into action with coding and development. It’s amazing to see how the work that we are achieving can change someone’s day-to-day job. Very often the work that I’m doing has such a big impact on student experience and that’s really rewarding for me. The role I am in is all about making the student life cycle smoother, right from application through to graduation.

I really like working at ARU; there is a friendly and supportive culture and proactive management, which I think is essential to a happy work/life balance.

One of my proudest moments of working at ARU was my involvement in the SITS to ASTRA project. I was able to deliver my tasks successfully in the time constraints and under pressure. I know this work has made a big difference and had a positive impact on the business, helping to greatly reduce the administrative burden and improve the efficiency of teams.

I think it’s really important that when you start a new project, you take the time at the beginning to see the big picture before diving into the work. Sometimes it’s easy to get swept up with getting something achieved but it’s really good to know where you need to be heading.

I really like working at ARU; there is a friendly and supportive culture and proactive management, which I think is essential to a happy work/life balance.

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