Ellie has recently graduated from her undergraduate degree in History from the University of Sussex. Having only travelled a short while along the coast from her hometown near Hastings, Ellie enjoys the equal measures of city bustle and seaside tranquillity that Brighton has to offer. The green and leafy surroundings of the University provided a home for Ellie as she read critically through the contemporary histories of post-war Britain and the Middle East. The individual stories arising from her studies of historical events have influenced Ellie in her eagerness to write her own story as part of the Catalyst Team. The lenses prevalent in history writing today, for example Feminist and Post-colonial, have aided Ellie in appreciating the need for collaboration and inclusivity in her work at the Sussex Innovation Centre.
In her spare time Ellie enjoys sea swimming, reading and a good boxset. She particularly enjoys classic crime novels, such as the Agatha Christie’s Marple collection.
Ellie also enjoys volunteering, becoming the treasurer of the university’s ‘Boob Team’ – a branch of the breast awareness charity Coppafeel – in her final year. Throughout the year she helped to run successful events such as boob dodgeball, yoga sessions and a pub quiz. She also took responsibility as a member of the team’s committee to support and promote events and recruit new members. This role has encouraged Ellie to pursue work at the Sussex Innovation Centre with the imagination and enthusiasm she formed as a fundraiser.
While at university, Ellie worked several part-time jobs. As part of the student workforce, Ellie assisted on Applicant Visit Days providing tours and answering questions for prospective students and their families. Likewise, Ellie worked for the University’s library in another customer-facing role. This entailed helping new students find their feet with the extensive book, journal and article collections both physically and digitally.
Ellie was granted a Junior Research Associate position as part of the university’s History department for the summer of 2018. Within this role Ellie worked independently on a research project assessing the changing landscape of academic and community archives, doing so by working with a team digitising and publishing the Planet Bethlehem Archive. This work was extremely rewarding for Ellie, particularly when working with individual material donors and their histories.
Ellie’s experience has motivated her to move further out of her comfort zone into the world of business, but still work closely with people and their stories. Thus, Ellie has joined Catalyst to support the success of inspiring businesses and their teams.