John Francis Davies

PhD

NSPC Role
Assistant Registrar

About

I hold a PhD in English Literature, awarded in December 2018, which was fully funded by University of Lincoln. I submitted within the funding timeframe of 3.5 years. This means I am an adaptable and efficient learner who can provide high-quality outputs in a multitasking role. I can take complex and layered information and projects and translate it for concrete and reader-friendly purposes. My role in politics was a turning point for me in terms of how to speak in a clear and context-sensitive manner in the workplace. Subsequently, my various talks to the public and university gave me opportunity to develop my clarity and confidence. Following complex discussions is a matter of daily life for me over the last 8 years in the university, so I am able to translate information for note taking from discussions easily and effectively in an organised manner, being attentive to salient points and action points. • (i) My organisational skills are best demonstrable by having submitted a quality doctoral thesis within time while simultaneously managing doctoral administration, part-time jobs, talks, a research group, and funding bids. (ii) My attention to detail can be demonstrated in a number of work experiences and different digital and editorial contexts. • I have published bibliography and have one textual article accepted - in both there was high accountability to a world-class community of scholars. Every claim and every fact had to be correct and verifiable. • I operated bespoke digital software as Data Editor Assistant (2016) at King’s College, Cambridge, preparing an online data set for hardback publication. A single error could carry through to publication. • I was a Research Assistant ‘Cult of Saints’ where fine attention was required to edit scholars’ articles and ensure the volume was of a high publishable standards and adhered to in-house publishing style rules. • I was also Podcast Editor for OCLW, editing and uploading podcast recordings onto the College website. As Deadline Administrator I was required to change tasks to meet the changing demands of graduate applicants, technical support pressure, and applicant and scholarship deadlines. This included being flexible to work on Sundays to ensure the deadline were met and applications were processed. At the same time, quality of work processing could not be compromised because there could be serious implications for an applicant. For example, if I missed something important that needed correcting their application to Oxford may be discounted. This is why I prioritised the applications with the most impending deadline in order not to have to rush any applications. I was able to stay calm and take on responsibly in a pressured environment very successfully when I was Junior Political Advisor at the Harrow Council, a Greater London borough. As part of my political work, I was also first-port-of-call for 230,000 members of the public within the borough. At the same time I had to plan the Leader’s diary, liaise with press and media like the BBC, other political work like research and propaganda writing, and prepare council members for monthly council meetings where they were publicly held to account for local issues and annual budget of £203 million. I was able to work calmly and effectively by checking and prioritising tasks at 9am for each day while remaining prepared and attentive to broader deadlines, some soft, others hard. Part of this management was communication daily with the Political Advisor so I was immediately aware of changes to schedules and situations as they arose. Picking up the telephone goes a long way and flagging important emails in Outlook and keeping a relevant and current notebook. I have experience working both outside of the university and within the university in both administration and research and teaching. My most collaborative administrative role was during my visiting scholarship with the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing (2017-19). This work included hosting events, liaising with teams such as catering and finance and events and IT, creating a research strand to help attract funding, and maintaining a weekly research seminar Tea Talks (a talk a week followed by discussion). I love working with people and building relationships so this was a very positive experience where I got to work with a range of internal and external individuals: I communicated and collaborated with a range of academic and non academic staff.


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