UCM Welcomes New Staff Intake

It’s been a busy few months at University College Isle of Man (UCM) with the organisation welcoming 14 new members of staff and three internal promotions across the five campuses.

In addition to the previously announced appointment of the new principal, Jesamine Kelly, who was handed the baton from Jo Pretty, Mona Devereau, Maciej Mirejewski, Roxy Langstaff and Steve Clague have joined the management team.

Mona joins in a newly formed role as Learning and Development Partner where she will support the development of UCM staff to enable them to deliver the full range of high-quality learning experiences for all students, as well as the planning and delivery of individual and group CPD.

Maciej Mirejewski has been appointed as Catering Manager, leading the University College’s team which provide tasty and nutritious hot and cold meals and snacks to more than 1,700 students each day.

There has also been an addition to the caretaking team, with Paul Risker joining at the end of December.

With more than 15 years industry experience, Roxy has joined at Marketing Manager to lead the organisation’s communication strategy and programme of events.

Steve has been appointment as Assistant Site Manager having worked for the Department of Infrastructure looking after school properties and grounds since 1996.

UCM also welcomes seven new lecturing staff; Dr Adi Shklarsh, Lecturer in Programming, Andrea Whitaker and Sophie Hinks, Lecturers in Health and Social Care, Jadene Kieswetter, Lecturer in Business Administration, Mairead Downey, Lecturer in Business, Amy Gale, Lecturer in Computing and IT and Richard Dennett, Lecturer in Accountancy.

Senior Education Support Office Foundation Learning, Lauren Staniford and MIS Data Officer, Joanne Gray have joined the team.

Finally, following rigorous selection exercises and interviews, and from a very high-quality field of applicants, Andy Patterson was promoted to Assistant Programme Manager, Faculty of Environment and Sustainability, Lesa Fox to Assistant Programme Manager, Faculty of Wellbeing and Liza Nicholson to Assistant Programme Manager, Faculty of Creative and Leisure Industries.

Commenting on the appointments, Jesamine Kelly said: “I’m pleased to be welcoming a cohort of new staff to UCM at a really exciting time. We’ve got great plans for our students and the future of higher and further education on the Isle of Man. I have fond memories of my time at UCM and I want to make sure that students passing through our doors have the same fantastic experience, laying a solid foundation for their future success.

“The standard of education and the student experience is directly attributed to the highly experienced and skilled team at UCM, so it’s lovely to be welcoming the new members of staff into the fold.”