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Gillian Saieva

Head of Business, Finance and Accountancy

Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies


Gillian began her lecturing career at Solent University in 2010. Along with her enthusiasm, she brings to her senior lecturer in HRM role 18+ years of management experience, ranging from customer service to international HR management. This experience is predominantly in the tourism/hospitality sector and more specifically at Southampton based Carnival UK, both at sea and in their head office.

As a Solent graduate in both their successful CIPD Personnel and Development Postgraduate Diploma and master's programmes and PGCTLHE, she teaches across all levels from foundation to master’s courses.

Using her undergraduate degree in food science, Gillian has coached Solent students in food based business start-ups, but is more likely to be found supporting students in delivering real HRM when graduated. Valuing highly the impact work placements have on students skill development and employability, she leads the Work Placement unit supporting the Business and Law School students to obtain and carry out placements in the UK and abroad.

Additionally, Gillian holds a trustee/director position for a Southampton based charity, supporting their HR function.

Outside of work, she can be found hanging out with her young family – often at National Trust properties.

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