Maggie Harriss

Divisional Administrator

Maggie joined the IfM on the 8th September 2014 as the Temporary Divisional Administrator following a recent relocation to the Cambridge area from Southampton. 


Maggie previously worked as the Faculty Executive Officer (FEO) in the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences at the University of Southampton from March 2011, a newly created post to which she was appointed following a major University restructure.


As the FEO Maggie had responsibility for a team of 20+ administrators located in 4 administrative centres within the Faculty, providing an extensive range of clerical and secretarial support to the academic community in the 5 newly created Academic Units (Education, Geography, Mathematics, Psychology and Social Sciences).


Maggie and her team were responsible for providing the support to the academic community, including but not limited to: Executive Assistance (diary management, travel arrangements etc.), governance (in line with the requirements of HEFCE and University policy), financial management of devolved budgets, events management (including the Faculty Lecture Series, Away Days, and Conferences), the development and maintenance of internal communications (intranet, newsletters, e-marketing & social media management etc.), project management of new works and liaison with stakeholders both within and external to the Faculty/University such as Professorial staff, funding bodies, and alumni. Maggie was also responsible for the recruitment, induction and training of new administrative team members recruited to enhance team dynamics, provide specialism, promote collegiality and add value.


From 2007 to 2011 Maggie was the Research Manager in the Department of Geography at the University, a role which involved collaboration with the department’s Senior Management Team (academic) to help develop the Department’s quinquennial Research Strategy, and support the administrative requirements of the 2008 RAE (Research Assessment Exercise) submission to HEFCE. Preparation and administration of grant applications to Research Councils, Charities and Government organisations was a specific requirement of the newly created role, which also involved responsibility for the day-to-day management of budgets, student progress reports and space and resources for the Geography Postgraduate Community, as well as organising lectures, conferences and training courses.


Maggie also acted as Departmental Project Manager for the creation of a dedicated purpose-designed hub accommodating 60+ students postgraduate students.


Prior to joining the University of Southampton, Maggie practiced as a solicitor for several years in London and Southampton.

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