Meet a member of the Institute staff: Elena Day
How long have you worked for the Institute?
Since October 2006, 12½ years.
What did you do before?
I was the Registrar in Dublin Business School and before that an IT lecturer.
What do you find most satisfying about your job?
Seeing students do well in programmes, especially when they have had personal challenges along their journey.
What do you find most challenging about your job?
Balancing the needs of a student with the various rules and regulations around our programmes. As a recognised college of UCD, we are governed by these rules and regulations. It can be a challenge to explain the restrictions that exist to a student with a particular request. We obviously want to help wherever possible, but sometimes that’s just not possible.
What’s your favourite thing to do outside of work?
I love watching soccer matches. I really enjoy watching Liverpool play on TV or on a rare occasion in Anfield. Two of my children play soccer also and are now at an age where their teams’ skills have developed and the soccer matches can be exciting to watch – most Sunday mornings I can be found cheering from the sidelines watching one or both of them play in matches.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
I used to love listening to Gerry Ryan on radio both when “studying” for my college exams and then in later years, when on maternity leave. I found him knowledgeable and always enjoyed his perspective in the various topics he covered. No matter what the topic, he would have been well informed and have some controversial opinions…
What one thing would you bring to a desert island?
Mosquito spray – on an IoB trip to Bangalore a couple of years ago, I was eaten alive…
If you had a magic wand, what one change would you make on behalf of members?
I know that exams can be terrifying to some students – especially some that haven’t studied in a long time. While some students might prefer that I use the magic wand to get rid of exams, I’d use it to get rid of exam nerves and help each student perform to the best of their ability, unhindered by nerves