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Cara Bootman pictured in Sainsbury Laboratory

Humans of SLCU

Taking inspiration from Humans of New York, each week we will feature people from our SLCU community.


Meet Cara...

Cara BootmanSenior HR Co-ordinator

Cara joined SLCU in March this year as our Senior HR Co-ordinator. Cara's office is in the Admin Office on the Ground Floor and she holds a HR drop-in session every Tuesday morning (09:30-12:30) in the Henslow Room where you can pop in for a chat about anything.


What is your role at SLCU?

I am here to support everyone at SLCU with their HR enquiries throughout their time with us. I provide advice on all aspects of the employee life-cycle from recruitment and new starters to leavers (and just about anything in between!). I work closely with Anne Crozat and Lisa Walker HR Assistant. I am based in the admin office and am always happy to help, please feel free to pop in if you have a query.


What are you working on at the moment?

Summer students! We are looking forward to welcoming a number of summer students both from other Departments in the University and those from other Universities to SLCU over the summer months and at present I am organising the paperwork related to this and making sure they feel welcomed into the SLCU family for their time with us.


What does a normal day look like for you?

Busy! Before work I have to ‘encourage’ my children (aged 8 and 10) to get up and start getting ready for school.  I get to work at 8am and the day starts by responding to queries waiting on Teams or via email. I enjoy resolving issues for people and am glad so many people either pop in to the HR Office or my weekly HR drop in sessions on a Tuesday. So far, no two days have been the same at SLCU and I really enjoy the wide enjoying the variety of tasks.  I am grateful for SLCU’s flexibility which enables me to leave a bit earlier two days per week to collect my children from school and then work from home in the afternoon.


What things have you done prior to joining SLCU?

I have had a variety of administrative roles within the Higher Education sector before joining the University. I worked at Anglia Ruskin University and Trinity Hall in PA roles which had some HR responsibility.  In 2008, I joined the University as a Saturday Assistant in the Scott Polar Museum and then went on to join the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology in an HR focused role. In 2020 I completed my CIPD Associate (Level 5) training via the University Apprenticeship Scheme.


What is something that most people don’t know about you?

I am a fully qualified Guide Leader and with a small leadership team run Rainbow, Brownies and Guide meetings each week for around 65 girls aged 5-14 years old in my village. We take the groups on trips and camps and allow them to experience of a variety of activities they may not otherwise have access to.