She is a West Ham season ticket holder, a published children's author and loves animals. Carrie Weston is our new head of Cass School of Education & Communities and she couldn't be more thrilled to hold this title. Her school is within the new College of Professional Services.
Carrie has been at UEL for 14 years and considers herself lucky to have the chance to work with a brilliant team.
"It's important for my staff to feel valued and respected and that will be one of the priorities with this new structure. One of my priorities is to bring the school together as a unified team. My number one aim is to provide students with a fantastic experience and have them leave UEL confident they received their money's worth and that my staff feel like a part of that journey. I would also like to improve on our already improved NSS scores and sustain even more fantastic results."
She has longer-term goals as head of school as well. "I would like the Cass School of Education to be the number one place for social work and teacher education in London. I would like us to become the leading centre in the city."
She explains how she has UEL embedded in her DNA. Her parents met in the Great Hall at University House in 1948.
Carrie's mum first one the far left and dad third from the far right
This was back when UEL was still the West Ham Institute of Technology. Her parents were both born in east London and both pursued careers in education, which is the reason she also has east London embedded in her DNA. She was raised here, never missing a West Ham game and has even passed on the east London passion to her two children.
"My parents obtained their degrees from what was back then, 'the people's' university and by doing so they provided a better future for me and my siblings much like our students."
Carrie's dad was a chemistry professor and Carrie's mum was a head teacher. It is no coincidence that she dedicated her career to education as well.
Her inspiration doesn't just come from her family though, she is also inspired by the Macmillan Sisters, Rachel & Margaret, who were feminists in the 1920s and opened the first ever nursery in Bow, London.
"A lot of our students remind me of the Macmillan sisters. We have so many early childhood studies students who want to go on to open their own nurseries but feel they don't have the business skills needed to do so.
"One of the advantages of our new structure is that we now align our programs and provide our students with the flexibility to combine subject areas to give them the well-rounded education they need to flourish in their future."
Well, that's Carrie – and when she's not at UEL, she's either walking her two Labradors and French bulldog or writing up a new adventure for her famous children's book character, Boris.