Dr Christine Lusk
Director of Student Wellbeing Projects
As Director of Student Services, Chris Lusk is one of the key operational managers of "The Student Experience" within the university, also representing Senior Management to student front-facing services of support and advising. In this capacity she heads up the teams offering advice on matters of Disability, Academic Advising, Student Finance, International and Immigration, and Student Development. She carries responsibility for the first stop shop for all student information known as the ASC and for Emergency Out of Hours response. She manages those dealing with Student Discipline and strategically manages the Residential wardennial teams for the 3,600 students in halls of residence.
Her personal research examines the tensions of the HE sector, particularly for Ancients, in a political wider access agenda. Chris's methodology focuses on the social construction of identity, using a qualitative, interpretive methodology throughout her work. She has recently presented her research at international conferences and in the UK.
With a background in Psychology and Sociology Dr. Lusk has qualified both as a Social Worker and as a Practice Teacher in Social Work. Having studied at various universities, her postgraduate research examined "The Social Construction of the Mature Student".
Following an early career in Fife and Tayside Social Work Departments dealing with non-accidental injury to children in the community and as a Court Adviser, she ultimately specialised in Fostering and Adoption work. She has now worked in Higher Education for over 20 years, has regularly been called upon to offer consultancy for other university support services, has joined audit teams for other HEIs and has researched extensively both here in the UK and in the States. She has established benchmarking partnerships with numerous international universities and enjoys developing international projects for students to expand their horizons. The most recent of these is Project Zambia; which sends outstanding students to establish an educational programme for children suffering from HIV and Aids using Sports and counselling skills as tools for communication.
On a personal basis, having studied whilst originally a single parent, Dr Lusk understands many of the stresses of the “Student Experience” which goes far beyond learning. However she also believes in its transformational nature passionately. She swims, runs, climbs, travels and watches films. She does not bake. Or iron. Ever.