Alumni of the Month May 2009

BETH REDFERN (2007 Business Administration & Human Resource Management)

1. How did you get to where you are now?
I was heavily involved in sport throughout my student life, and in my third year I was Secretary in the AU Office at Keele. That led quite nicely to AU Administrator as my predecessor left and rang me to be a ‘Caretaker’ for a while- I’ve been here since!

Beth Redfern 2. What has been your biggest achievement so far?
I was part of team that won the bid (against Warwick University and Belfast University) to host this year’s British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) Annual Conference. There will be over 300 people from 154 universities across the UK from Head of Sport to Athletic Union part time Officers. We get to well and truly show Keele off to the whole country! I can’t wait!
Although I think another huge achievement was getting a house, moving and learning how to decorate! I’ve yet to face wallpapering but that is on the close horizon! No one ever tells you how long it takes to prepare walls for painting and all the faff involved with it!!

3. And your biggest mistake?
I’m not sure to be honest. Crashing my car was a fairly bad mistake..

4 . What are your ambitions now?
Apart from the charity cycle ride and still being mostly in one piece at the end of it? To give members of Keele Campus more opportunities to participate in sporting activities - be it walks around campus or competitive sport. Also to give students the same quality of experience that I had at University, its important to support those wo are running clubs as well as those just wanting to tone up in the gym. And to continue to push Sport forward- there have been huge successes recently and they need to be built on. I also want to get married and have babies.

5. What advice would you give to someone wanting to work in a similar field?
Be proactive. Use your time at University wisely - be involved in sports, and not just the playing part of it. People love to see volunteering experience and to be honest it gives an insight and a level of experience that you can’t get any other way. Networking is crucial. Take every opportunity to learn what’s being planned for your chosen sport in the future, but don’t ignore other sports.

6. What made you choose Keele University?
It was the atmosphere when I looked round. It was the only University I looked round because they kept e-mailing me about open days! It was also that everything seemed so convenient - all within arms' reach!

7. How has Keele influenced your life?
Masssively is the short answer! I think that I took full advantage of being a student!
I’ve done a lot of things I wouldn’t otherwise have had the opportunity to do - climbing Mount Kenya was a huge challenge, as was playing in an international Rugby 7s competition. Although I think my adventure this summer, the cycle ride, is currently posing a bigger adventure!

8. What is your favourite memory of Keele?
Playing a full contact Rugby match at Rugby 7s in my underwear! And my Mum finding out it had been on regional BBC news! We lost and I was thrown in a paddling pool of Jelly - very funny then and still makes me chuckle!

9. And your worst?
Probably having a flat argument over toilet roll - it was all quite surreal and the fact it was over toilet roll?!?

10. Anything else you would like to add?
I’ve agreed to cycle from Edinburgh Fringe Festival to London for the BUCS charity ‘Right to Play’ along with two others from Keele. Its 450 miles and 6 days on a bike for 8 hours. I haven’t been on a bike in 4 years and I’ve got 4 months to train…. and £4000 to raise. I still think it’s a brilliant idea! I’m doing it with the incoming Sport and Fitness Sabbatical Officer Roger Weston and Paula Wallet who works at the Leisure Centre and is a bit of a cycling enthusiast! Another of our Keele Alumni Neil Moseley is also taking part. More information on the ride itself, and the charity is available here: http://www.righttoplay.org.uk/
or else our sponsorship page is http://www.justgiving.com/keelerighttoplay