Elliot Waldie - Admissions Support Administrator
Elliot’s a natural-born people person – as an Admissions Administrator and LGBT+ Network rep, he’s putting his skills to great use at NTU.
We’ve got some incredibly diverse characters – people of all different ages, with all kinds of lived experience – and I think that’s my favourite thing about NTU.
I’ve been at NTU for four years now. I love my job: I describe it as part careers guidance, part guidance councillor, and part hand-holder!
In Admissions, you’re dealing with people – not statistics. They have lives, personalities, backgrounds – and that means a different challenge every time. I love that variety. The job’s helped me evolve on so many levels, personally and professionally.
I particularly love working with our International students. You learn so much about things that are happening socially and politically all over the world, and it really broadens your horizons. All the time, you’re giving people brand new ideas and solutions, and that’s massively rewarding – when you stop to think about it, the impact you can have on a person’s life is just incredible.
The thing we’re strongest on here is the interpersonal stuff. We’ve got some incredibly diverse characters – people of all different ages, with all kinds of lived experience – and I think that’s my favourite thing about NTU. You come in knowing every day’s going to be a learning day: there’s always going to be something you don’t know, but inevitably there’s someone here who can help.
So that’s the day job – but it’s only part of my NTU story.
The University’s LGBT+ Network started four years ago, and that’s a big part of my life here. The opportunities I’ve had to get involved, to help improve things even further for the Network, and just the general level of support that’s on offer have all been incredible.
It’s funny, because when I first arrived, I remember thinking: “got to make sure I don’t talk about my queer stuff in the office!” But then I asked one day if there was anything going on, and my manager was so helpful – not only were there loads of things happening, but there were even allocations for me to take time out for meetings. That’s when I knew I could bring together two aspects of my life that I’d always assumed would have to stay exclusive, and properly be myself.
And you see a lot of that, looking around NTU – big characters, and people who are happy being themselves.