Rachel Huddleston

I am so pleased to return to Keele University as the ECLIPSE Project Administrator, having studied here as an undergraduate student in the 1990s.  Keele campus has certainly expanded over the years, but I am pleased to find that the ‘Keele Difference’ has not changed, making it such a great and special place to work. 

I was born and raised in the railway town of Crewe in Cheshire with my parents, and growing up I was keen to learn more about the big wide world we live in.  Therefore a BA (Hons) in International Relations was my subject of choice at Keele as I wanted to learn more about how different people, cultures, politics, religions and institutions interplay and shape the vast interconnected world that we all share.  To broaden my horizons and quench my desire to see more of the world, in my second year of university I participated on an exchange to Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, an experience that I enjoyed immensely, making lifelong friends in the process. 

After graduating I decided that I wanted to work in Higher Education in a professional services capacity and over the years developed a career in this sector, supporting a broad and diverse range of academic staff and students from all over the world at undergraduate and postgraduate level.  I am now part of the exciting ECLIPSE project in global health, and it is great to know that I am helping to support colleagues and our international partners who are undertaking very interesting and important research. 

Stemming from my interest in this big wide world, I love travelling.  Visiting different places and meeting new people along the way is something I try to indulge in whenever possible, and my bucket list is extensive!  I also love exploring all that the UK has to offer, regularly enjoying short breaks away with my husband & dog, friends and family to places of historical interest, beauty spots, or somewhere with a lake or sea view.  I equally love being at home, my sanctuary.  Here, I enjoy simple pleasures such as reading a good book, indulging in favourite movies or box-sets, and enjoying get-togethers with friends & family.  I am also an avid learner and practice self-development, researching and learning about different topics that interest me ranging from spiritual topics like the law of attraction and feng shui, to science-based topics on health and nutrition.  As the quote goes: Never stop learning because life never stops teaching.