Children's University Tasmania North-West
The role of Aspirations and Evaluations Coordinator (North-West) Children's University Tasmania
The Aspirations and Evaluations Coordinator (North-West):
- promotes Children's University in North-West Tasmania.
- manages school and Learning Destination partners in the North-West region.
- builds and nurtures positive working relationships with project stakeholders, including schools, local government, community organisations, and businesses.
- recruits Learning Destinations to develop and implement a suite of accessible community-based learning activities for children and their families.
- provides support and encouragement to schools, parents, and students participating in the Children's University program.
- provides research expertise to support evaluation of the program.
- assists with planning and running events.
Karen Eyles joined the Underwood Centre as Regional Officer (North-West) in April 2015, with experience in a wide range of academic and professional roles with the University of Tasmania.
Karen is a 'first-in-family' university graduate and a mother of three. She lives in the beautiful North-West and sees her role with Children's University Tasmania as a perfect fit because it reflects her own personal and professional values. She is passionate about lifelong learning, young people and Tasmania.
Involvement in her local community and much volunteering is a feature of Karen's life: contributing many hours to various groups over the years including gymnastics, soccer, Coastcare, schools and even a five-year stint as president of a youth circus.
Karen's professional life has been just as varied, ranging from child-carer to research fellow; and bank teller to university lecturer. She has learned that you can do anything to which you set your mind, if you believe in yourself and work towards your goal, whether that is to gain a university degree or run a circus.