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Getting to Know Support Staff - Inclusion Team

By RGrant 16 Jul 2021

a list of Inclusion Team members with photos

Julie Waddell

Job Title: Inclusion Coordinator

How to Contact:

Your Favourite Part of Your Role:

Getting to know students and developing the mental health mentoring service.

Your Top Advice for Students:

Reach out to RGU support services in your first year so that you know what help is available to you on your student journey. 

Your Favourite Part of Aberdeen: Johnston Gardens

Favourite film / book: Educating Rita

Favourite famous quote:
I want to be able to say that I contributed more than I criticized. Brene Brown.

Favourite celebrity:Brene Brown

Sophie Kelman

Job Title: Study Skills and Technology Assessor

How to Contact:

Your Favourite Part of Your Role:

Meeting students and helping them reach their goals and thrive while studying at RGU. 

Your Top Advice for Students:

Don’t be afraid to ask for help and support if you need it, coming to university can be a big change in a lot of students' lives, so please seek support if you feel you need it as we are always happy to help.  

Have fun and make the most of your time at university. 

Take advantage of the great opportunities RGU has to offer students.  

Your Favourite Part of Aberdeen:

Aberdeen Beach, it’s always lovely going for a walk along the beach.  If you're lucky you may even see some Dolphins. 

Gill Ewen

Job Title: Inclusion Mentor  

How to Contact:

Your Favourite Part of Your Role:

Speaking with diverse and interesting students and creating a bespoke mentoring service that best suits their needs.

Your Top Advice for Students:

It will be ok in the end, if it isn’t ok its not the end (The Best Marigold Hotel)

Your Favourite Part of Aberdeen: Everywhere, but especially my own home. 

Favourite film / book:

Blue Jasmine film, and every book I buy becomes my favourite.

Some examples:

  • Feel the fear and do it anyway – Susan Jeffers PhD
  • Just Get on with it – Ali Campbell life coach
  • Scatters Minds - Gabor Mate
  • The Four Agreements - Don Miguel Ruiz
  • Games People Play – Eric Berne M.D.

Favourite famous quote: “Life is like a book, some chapters are happy, some are sad, if you don’t turn the page you’ll never know”


“Always be kind and you will always be right”

Favourite celebrity: Too difficult to answer but anyone who is kind over being right, wins my vote.