Honestly, working with Project Lift has involved working with some of the most switched-on, energised and productive people I’ve ever met. For me it’s important to note that not only is that rewarding… but it’s fun! When work this high-pressure and intense is fun, it’s because a really precious dynamic and understanding has been the foundation. I owe that to Jenni and Sara. Collaborating with Project Lift has involved working in a safe and creative space, exploring ideas and generating genuinely meaningful opportunities. There’s trust, and drive to work hard on both sides – something which I find so valuable. I’ve been excited to introduce my colleagues to Jenni and Sara, and I find now that when I plan where I’d like to take my work in future, I’m regularly asking myself if there’s a way to engage with Project Lift again.
Kezia is currently seconded to lead the University of Glasgow’s Upskilling Project, which launched in March 2020. She manages a portfolio of 9 courses (currently), delivered across 3 runs a year – with all Scottish learners being fully-funded through the Scottish Funding Council. In total so far, Kezia has funded the equivalent of £1,600,000 worth of Professional Development Courses for the Scottish workforce – on target to have benefited over 3,000 learners by April 2021. Before she took on this current exciting challenge, Kezia worked in Digital Engagement at the University of Glasgow for 4 years, following similar roles in charities. She co-hosts and produces an award-winning podcast, and is Vice Chair of a Youth Climbing Charity Above Adventure. When she has spare time – as much as she tries to maintain a number of standard hobbies- she’s a big fan of napping – especially (and unashamedly) with her dog. She dislikes, ‘unloading the car’ after road trips/holidays/food shops, and really dislikes writing about herself in third person(!)