I've had a rather unusual route to being awarded the position of Student Co-Creator, after originally applying to Pearson College London through Clearing and missing the opportunity to apply for the role of Student Co-Creator as a result. It's fair to say that after gaining entry to Pearson College, I was keen to immerse myself in the various opportunities offered at the College.
One opportunity that arose was the role of student ambassador, which meant that I was working closely with the Marketing and Student Outreach teams. This involved helping out at Open Days, writing blogs, talking at schools/UCAS Fairs, taking part in videos/photoshoots and returning to my old school to talk to current pupils about my experience. I even pioneered an innovative one-day #StudentTakeover initiative for the @Pearson Twitter account, which was great fun and a big success!
After completing my innovation internship at Direct Line Group during the summer between first and second year, I decided to organise an insurance focused hackathon event in collaboration with Direct Line Group. A hackathon is essentially an intensive and fast-paced idea generation scheme (over 2 days) where teams are formed around innovative ideas and then pitched back to a panel of judges. This was an incredibly interesting event to project manage and saw me having to coordinate high-profile speakers from within Direct Line Group; as well as externally from organisations that included Google, Arts Alliance, The Bakery London and Contagious Communications.
In recognition of my work and contribution to the life of the College, I was pleasantly surprised to be informed in the first term of my second year that I was the first student to have been put forward for promotion to the role of Student Co-Creator. Since my promotion to Student Co-Creator, I have continued to be highly involved in life of the College, whilst also having the opportunity to work on my own research project. For this, I have chosen to conduct research into how the College can further increase its industry engagement, whilst embedding strong links with industry even more deeply within the degree courses offered. This is a fascinating area and I’ve focused my research into 2 key strands - corporates and startups/SMEs.
I’m looking forward to the remainder of my final year and would encourage any prospective students considering whether to apply for the role of Student Co-Creator to definitely put themselves forward. It's an exciting and dynamic role that allows you to develop numerous skills and sees you closely engaged in furthering the development and strategic direction of the College.