Q&A with Student Programme Manager Pat Furze

Pat Furze has recently joined the Business Transformation team as Programme Manager on Phase 2 of the programme – student. Pat brings with him a wealth of experience in the student implementation lifecycle having worked for universities across the US including the University of California, Berkeley, as well as Glasgow University.


What’s your main role as programme manager in the Business Transformation team?
It’s a wide-ranging role overseeing a large team for the Phase 2 programme design, build and delivery.

What do you see as the key priorities?
The streamlining of our processes to effectively deliver a successful next phase of the Business Transformation programme which will bring positive change to the University.

What’s your career background?
I have 35 years’ experience in higher education, including 20 years delivering student systems in the US and UK. During that time I’ve delivered 12 full-cycle student implementations.

Where were you brought up?
I’m originally from Phoenix, Arizona but have spent the last five years in the bay area of Oakland, California.

Why leave the sunny climes of California for the chilliness of Scotland?
It’s a great opportunity to make a real, positive impact on the ambitions to transform and deliver such an important project for the University.

What do you do in your spare time?
I’m an avid reader, I love to travel, play golf and I also play the guitar. Well, I say play, I mess around with it and I like to strum out Neil Diamond or Bob Dylan songs.

I love American football and follow the Patriots, and also the Cardinals and Raiders, although the biggest challenge I see being in Scotland is managing to stream any of the games as they will be on at around 1.00am UK time!

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