Farhana Irshad is the Academic Partnerships Representative for the UK and Ireland at Epigeum. She is the initial contact for enquiries on all of our courses. Her role involves talking to customers about the work they do at their university and finding a programme that would best suit their needs. Farhana studied English and Media Arts for her undergraduate degree at St Mary’s University, and took a Film and Screen Cultures Master’s at the University of Roehampton.
What brought you to Epigeum?
I knew that Epigeum would be a great fit for me as a digital publisher. At the time of joining, I was still completing my dissertation for my Master’s on Film and Screen Cultures. My fascination with how people act, and react, with screens, as well as my passion for education, is what really interested me about Epigeum.
Which parts of your role do you enjoy the most?
I really enjoy talking to people about their roles and the important work that they do at their university. To hear their passion and motivation for both their job and improving their university’s services is so compelling.
What does your workspace say about you?
At first glance, hectic! I have two notebooks always to hand. One that stores my notes from conversations on the phone or visits, and the other that looks after my workload (and sanity!); to-do lists, post-it notes, plans, business cards – you name it and it’s there. Also, as I’m often surrounded by contracts and forms to pass on to other teams, I like to have a few motivational memes at my desk to help make a situation fun.
What do you do in your free time?
In addition to spending time with family, friends, and Netflix, I love to read and crochet. My favourite genres to read are mystery, thrillers, and historical fiction. At the moment, I’m also working on a large 35-inch lace doily, alongside some smaller crafting projects. I also volunteer at the Society of Young Publishers (SYP) as the UK Secretary, where I manage the SYP budget across branches.
Tell us something we don’t know about you.
As a part of my Master’s, I created a short essay film in a ‘mockumentary’ style about procrastination and mental health. The subject of the mockumentary was a student who avoided creating their essay film, in which I delightfully cast myself as the lead role! I named my mockumentary ‘Title: To be Confirmed’.
To find out more about Epigeum’s work with universities and colleges, or to arrange a consultation, please get in touch with us.