Fiona Sandford, Interim Associate Dean, Degree EducationBy Rachel Harper
Fiona has been at LBS since and 2010, is a former director of Career Centre and helped to set up the Global MiM programme. She recently took up the role of Interim Associate Dean – Degree education and will be heading up the work of the Degree Programmes and Career Centre teams until the new Associate Dean is appointed later in the year.
Congratulations on your appointment Fiona. Please tell us a little about your background…
I have spent most of my career in working in Higher Education; I was Director of Careers at the London School of Economics before coming to LBS, and in 2015 I was appointed as Chair of Court of my old university – the University of Stirling (Scottish Universities call their governing bodies Court).
…And a little about your previous roles at LBS
At LBS I was Director of Career Services from 2010 to 2012 and then from 2012 to 2014 I was Executive Director of Careers and Global Business. I worked on LBS’s China Strategy (including the Global MiM) and also worked with the Dean lobbying the government on student visas.
Since I ‘retired’ in 2014 I have been working on a project to develop a Leadership Behaviour framework for the School and on developing digital and blended modules for skills development through the Leadership Institute
Which aspects of your new role are you most looking forward to?
Working with great, talented people in Degree Education and Careers is a great joy and I look forward to that very much. Also every year the students stretch us to think differently about something, and that’s a joy!
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Hmm, well, setting up the Global MiM with Fudan was a big one, and of course helping countless students get their foot on the career ladder of their choice. Chairing the Governing Body of my old university is a great honour too. Still running 10K at a respectable pace feels pretty good!
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
There are many possible solutions to nearly every problem, and if you listen carefully to your colleagues the right solution will emerge.
Where is your favourite place on campus?
The quad – in summer for sitting and thinking, and, during term-time, for seeing the employer activity in the marquee.
In three words, how would you describe yourself?
Curious, active, thoughtful.
Tell us something surprising about you
My hobby is restoring Sir Walter Scott’s Rose Garden.
Thanks Fiona and wishing you all the best with the new role.
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