Kevin is one of three Residential Life Coordinators at Queen's Elms Student Village Accommodation at Queen’s. He supports students who stay at Elms, acting as a first point of contact and ensuring that new students feel welcome and at home.
He asists students through the process of settling in and provides advice and a friendly face to talk to throughout the year.
How do you help students?
When students arrive at Elms for the first time, we give them important information and answer their questions, like who the key contacts are, how to get to reception, how to use their key card, what their postal address is and who they can talk to if they need to. Students can come to us for any advice at any time, or just to say hello and have a cup of coffee! We also put on events – we have a social area upstairs in the Treehouse with free tea and coffee, hill-walking events, X-box and pool tournaments and we have tours around Belfast and Northern Ireland as well. One of the things students asked for this year was a Game of Thrones locations tour which was very popular.
What do you enjoy most about helping new students?
There is a great sense of community here at Elms Village. Students know our names, they say hello to us, we say hello to them – we never let a student walk past without saying hello. For students living in accommodation, we’re someone they can come and talk to and relate to. A lot of students coming here want to be independent and don’t want to ring home all the time, but still need that little help and care, and it’s good to have a face to get advice from.
What has been your most enjoyable/memorable/surprising experience in your role?
Check-In weekend, when students arrive for the first time, is one of the busiest and most enjoyable times. We meet and welcome students, show them to their rooms and around the facilities, and let them know what’s happening around Elms. For international students especially, who may have been travelling for 24 or 48 hours, we have Skype open on computers in the Treehouse, so they can go and contact home, say hello and let their parents know they’re safe. It’s a hectic 48 hours but it’s very enjoyable; it’s great to see new faces coming in and smiling. We make sure every single person
feels at home.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I am a very keen runner, I would run around 70-90k a week. I love spending time with my family including my dogs. If I have any time left, I read.
Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can't you live without?
It would have to be my iPad. Its like my PA.
What are you currently reading?
Fevre Dream by George RR Martin.
What is your favourite app?
Sky Sports News app.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I am obsessed with Game of Thrones. I have read the books and watched the TV series an uncountable number of times. My Chest has a tattoo dedicated to the book. My daughter is named Khaleesi, and I believe she was the first to have this name in Northern Ireland.