Opportunities Team

The Opportunities Team works closely with employers and alumni across the world to make work opportunities accessible to students.

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Assistant Director (Opportunities)

Karen Hall

Karen heads up the Opportunities Team which, for the benefit of our students, continuously strives to establish connections to grow effective partnerships working with industry, organisations, and alumni. She has over 20 years of work experience across sectors ranging from energy and finance through to third sector. Karen is passionate about ensuring we offer our students challenging and diverse opportunities locally, nationally, and internationally.

Asian and Taught Postgraduate Opportunities Manager

Ran (Ellen) Wei

Ellen engages with employers and alumni to identify and make opportunities (primarily Asia-based) more accessible for students and alumni. She also works closely with Schools and units across the University to enhance postgraduate taught students’ experience. Prior to joining the Careers Centre in St Andrews, Ellen had six years of work experience in project management within the higher education sector.

North American Opportunities Manager

Jonathan Jack

Jonathan engages with alumni, employers and stakeholders in North America to build mutually beneficial partnerships and source opportunities for students. Jonathan’s role helps students to make connections within their preferred sector and industry within the United States and Canada to prepare them for their future careers. Prior to joining the Careers Centre, Jonathan worked in Philanthropy and Development for ten years within the Scottish Higher Education and Third Sectors.

Employability Experiences Manager

Rachel McEwen

Rachel focusses on increasing and diversifying internships and work experiences for students. She works with our Employability Experiences Coordinator to help students gain a solid foundation of employability before leaving the University of St Andrews. With the support of our Alumni, Rachel develops many experiences including networking, mentoring, work shadowing, skills workshops, competitions and internships. She has previously worked with and supported young people throughout Scotland.

Employability Experiences Coordinator

Michelle Stewart

Michelle plays an active and vital part in the operational work of the Careers Centre Opportunities Team. She works towards improving and increasing the number of internships and work experiences available to our students as well as developing the support services we offer to students, employers and alumni. Michelle works with our Employability Experiences Manager to develop employability programmes and initiatives, whilst maintaining and growing relationships with employers and alumni, to the benefit of our students.

Opportunities and Events Coordinator

Jenni Turnbull

Jenni engages with employers and alumni to provide students and graduates with a wide variety of events and connections, including the delivery of the Careers Centre's internship programmes. She helps organise and coordinate Careers Centre events including Careers Fairs, employer presentations and insight days. She is responsible for marketing opportunities across the Careers Centre's social media platforms. Jenni is also part of a cross-service team providing reception cover and frontline services.

Opportunities and Events Coordinator

Michaela Mackie

Michaela engages with employers and alumni to provide students and graduates with a wide variety of events and connections, including the delivery of the Careers Centre's internship programmes. She helps organise and coordinate Careers Centre events including Careers Fairs, employer presentations and insight days. She is responsible for marketing opportunities across the Careers Centre's social media platforms. Michaela is also part of a cross-service team providing reception cover and frontline services.

Operations Manager

Daniel Leaver

Daniel works collaboratively with all colleagues to underpin an effective service delivery across a diverse range of unit functions. He is responsible for all administrative matters including HR and finance and is the Career Centre's Health and Safety Officer. Daniel studied Modern History as an undergraduate student at St Andrews and completed a PhD in History also from St Andrews in 2023. Daniel has previously worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and has experience in several positions in the hospitality sector, most recently in a role with the R&A. He is also part of a cross-service team providing reception cover and frontline services.

Operations Manager

Laura Jackson

Laura is currently on maternity leave.