Five minutes with…Victoria

Victoria Ebo has been Alumni Manager for the MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures since 2016 and many of you will know her as the welcoming host to a drinks catch up or reunion dinner. Here she talks to us about her job, some of the things she loves and some of the things she loves to hate .


What is your job title?
Operations and Networks Manager

Victoria at the Alumni Weekend
Victoria at the Alumni Weekend

What do you actually do?
Quite a bit actually. The Operations part of my role includes me looking after the Energy Futures Lab office and operations team which includes managing the finance, the HR, servicing the Institutes boards, collating reports and responses and generally overseeing the day to day operations.

The Networks management includes looking after the over 500 members of the SEF alumni network which includes producing newsletters, looking after the social media and putting on regular opportunities for them to meet. I also look after the Doctoral and Early Careers Network, which is for anyone from across College who is working in or interested in energy. I again provide opportunities for these people to meet and work collaboratively as well as put on a number of field trips and educational sessions for them across the year.

What is the most interesting thing about your job?
Finding out about all the amazing things that people do. The alumni community in particular are so adventurous. As well as progressing fantastically in their careers, you all go on to do some amazing things such as travel the world and jump out of helicopters.

Where are you if you are not in your office/lab/field?
I recently (well about a year ago) started to learn to crochet. I’m still not very good but do spend a lot of my spare time sitting with a crochet needle and wool watching a good box set.

Which living person do you most admire?
I love Will Smith. Not only was he my childhood crush (and maybe my adult crush too), he is just super cool. He has his finger in so many pies, he is also pretty motivational and his is social media is a blast. He recently turned 50 and is currently doing 50 mad things to commemorate his year and I’m inspired…so watch this space!

What’s your favourite song?
Fast Car, Tracy Chapman

What or who would you consign to room 101?
People who drop litter…like seriously, just hold it for a few minutes until you come to a bin.

What would your super power be?
To fly, this walking/running malarkey to get around is boring. I want to soar!

Who would play you in the film of your life story?
Whoopie Goldberg. She is another one of my favourite people and I like to believe I’m that funny.

What is your favourite word?
Delinquent. I remember I had a t-shirt with the words embellished in crystals on the front as a teenager it’s stuck as a word I like to use and hear.

How would you like to be remembered?
As always willing to lend a hand (and tidy).

What’s the most important lesson life has taught you?
A day, a month and a year can do a lot to a person.

How would you sum up your time working with MSc alumni in three words?
Fun, exciting, inspiring