Lisa oversees the student administration for the University’s graduation ceremonies; this summer’s degree awards took place on the 28, 29 and 30 June in Bath Abbey. She donned her robes to take part in her final ceremonial procession on Thursday 30 June.

After 20 years at the University she will leave at the end of August to train to be a priest in the Church of England.

Lisa described herself as a 'devout atheist' until November 2010 when she visited Wells Cathedral by chance and felt an 'extraordinary sense of coming home, to the God I didn’t believe in.'

'I couldn’t ignore it and now, not much more than five years later, here I am embarking on the next stage of this somewhat unexpected but very exciting journey to become a priest.'

New adventure

Lisa joined the University of Bath in 1996 to run the Graduate Office with specific responsibility for postgraduate admissions. She later helped set up the admissions element of the student records system, SAMIS (Student & Applicant Management Information System).

Along with colleagues Paula Buxton, Ella Richardson, Jude Sandy and Jen While, Lisa is responsible for organising over 75,000 examination places across the University each year and coordinates the student administration for the degree ceremonies, held each June and December.

In September she will start two years of training at Ripon College Cuddesdon, near Oxford. If all goes well, she will be ordained a deacon in 2018, and a priest in 2019.

Lisa who, like the University, turned 50 this year, added: 'I’ll be very sad to leave the University – I love the variety of the job, where I come into contact with staff and students from right across the organisation'.

It really is a great place to work. I will miss it - and especially all my colleagues and friends here - hugely, but am also thrilled about this adventure God is leading me on, and feel extraordinarily blessed to be offered such a wonderful opportunity at this stage in my life.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost Professor Bernie Morley said: 'It has been a pleasure working with Lisa over the past few years. Her knowledge of the University is extensive and her dedication both to the students and the University is legendary.

'I particularly remember a running commentary from her, via email, at about 6am during a particularly heavy snowfall that had occurred during the exam period. Lisa, in typical fashion, had opted to stay on campus to make sure everything went as smoothly as possible and remained trapped here for several days. She will be sorely missed and I wish her every success in her future life.'