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GEM Nominations Term 2 2020/2021

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Mohammed Abdullahi x2

  1. I would like to submit a GEM nomination to the Employability team. Over the last two terms they have faced many challenges with changes to the Add+vantage delivery. Add+vantage has had a 50% reduction in the time to deliver the modules this year, resulting in the team being creative in the way in which they have delivered their sessions relying on a combination of synchronous and asynchronous delivery. Due to the popularity of the modules, the Employability Team have seen an increase in numbers year on year and given the constraints faced with the changing delivery slots and a further increase of student numbers, the team have seamlessly absorbed this increase into their workload. As a team they have adapted quickly to changing policies from the University, implementing the changes and conveying clear messages to support the students they engage with.  The team has also seen changes to the Learning Experience Platform from Moodle to Aula which created a host of challenges all whilst adapting to the new normal from face to face delivery to online. They have continued to work on projects alongside of the delivery of the modules, primarily focusing on increasing reach and awareness through the trial of advertising campaigns, competitions and a full over haul of their marketing plans. One major result was the BSL Café seeing a record number of applicants in term 2, a combination of 80 students and staff from different campuses applying for one session. The employability team has continued to go the extra mile supporting new projects, not shying away from the challenge and continuing to work together to increase the employability chances of the student body.
  2. Employability goes from strength to strength each year despite extremely turbulent and difficult circumstances through covid and the pandemic. This year we have seen record numbers against previous years and this is including taking on a number of additional modules this academic year. Absolutely unbelievable results this year from the team! A massive credit to you all.

 

Sophie Baggallay

The Assistant Managers Team for Campuses is a new Team - but they're focussed, driven and are already delivering. They are hard working, multi-talented and demonstrate the best of CUSU; working hard to deliver for our Members who are studying at our satellites. Sophie has been employed by CUSU for a while but has moved up into a new role with new responsibilities and a whole new team around her. She has shown that she is agile and flexible to the changing environment delivering a great 'student focussed' and 'can do' attitude. She also is award winning, winning a "highly commended" award for her work with Scarborough Council. Collectively they have worked hard together to develop and align our business processes and quantifying what satellites are achieving. They are always willing to take on a new challenge, to challenge and be open to challenge in a supportive and collegiate way and they act as great champions across CUSU for the needs of satellites and the students that study there. I am excited for the future and what they will bring and offer. This is a team I am already very proud of.

 

Hannah Beck x2

  1. Hannah continues to put out some of the most innovative, creative work I think CUSU has ever produced. I know that for every history month, awareness day, and campaign there'll be something unique, challenging, and engaging that elevates us. This term her work on the Hardship Fund deserves particular recognition, the design and execution of the campaign had to be turned around in a pretty tight window and Hannah's work in ensuring those most in need could get access as soon as possible was crucial. Her work on support channels for students over the Winter break was also invaluable. Her commitment and passion shine through in all of her work, she challenges the things that need to be challenged but always in a positive way. And - even though I swear sometimes she's the busiest person I know - she's always willing to support me when I need it and her insights never fail to be useful.
  2. Hannah’s input regarding EDI is invaluable during elections. Whilst busy with various other projects she found time to develop some online EDI training for the elections, whilst also working on our reasonable adjustments procedure. Additionally, she was able to provide support to the 24 hour livestream with various pieces of content!

 

Liam Bligh x2

  1. Excellent work with the election process considering things had to be different this year. Liam managed a lot of the preparation in a short amount of time by encouraging other staff to participate to support candidates with their welfare and development. He worked along with the Comms team to ensure scheduled communication was a priority and timely; basically, he pulled a lot of the work together which has truly paid off. This has shown by the huge number of nominations received and an increase of candidates running this year. The engagement has been outstanding and was not expected to reach 3523 voters in 24 hours and votes 22,682 received. Thank you for putting in extra hours and hard work - well done Liam!
  2. I know they will just say they were doing their job but it is still important to note that they have definitely gone above and beyond for the successful delivery of CUSU Elections this year. This year elections was always going to be different in relation to COVID but we also tried a lot of new initiatives as well as a project management approach. Liam took this in their stride taking on the thoughts and idea of others across the organisation and working to ensure initiatives were delivered even with the difficulties of lockdown, furlough and other things that popped up that could have easily meant some of the initiatives were not carried out. The success of these elections is a credit to Liam and those of the organisation that they have worked with.

 

Lavinia Botirca x3

  1. I would like to give a GEM nomination to the Phoenix creative team. Since the start of the New year there has been so many challenges that they have had to face as a team and they have continued to work positively with a can do approach to the work they do. The turn around time they are able to work towards is nothing short of a miracle. There is so much that happens behind the scenes that is not viewed by all and they produce quality assets again and again. So much so that they have been commended externally for the work they have produced. In particular and most recently the City Host scheme, working with the City of Culture Trust, which has proved to be a challenge. There has been competing deadlines and changing goal posts and still they have continued to rise to the challenge, putting in the extra hours to make sure deadlines are met. For me they have gone the extra mile as a team and continue to go from strength to strength.
  2. Phoenix Creative have had a hugely successful few months. The work and effort that has gone in has been excellent and their stretch targets have seen some great results: - Hugely successful creative campaign for the City Host Launch resulting in being described as some 'truly incredible work from the Chief Exec of UK City of Culture 2021' - Winning several big website design bids including the Coventry Business Improvement District, Northampton SU and Lime Engage (a charity that specialises in behaviour change in young people. - Winning the West Midlands Combined Authority and Commonwealth Games Legacy Project - Jobs and Skills Academy launch work. Well done to all in the team and for all the work that has been done.
  3. Lavi has gone from strength to strength in recent months and has really developed into a huge asset for CUSU and Phoenix Creative. So many projects benefit from her involvement. A personal highlight was seeing Lavi work at ease in delivering a highly successful photo shoot during a full lockdown with a wonderful smile and keeping everyone safe. So many lovely comments came back from staff and volunteers from across coventry saying how lovely she was and how at ease she made them feel. Thanks also to all the staff that got involved in the photoshoot. This resulted in some spectacular imagery and photography from her that formed the backbone of the campaign. Laura McMillan the Director of Comms for the UK City of Culture trust said 'I've been trying to get images like these for 4 years with no success - this is a massive yes moment for me... I could cry'! A pretty glowing endorsement for PC and the team but most of all Lavi.

 

Jodie Brown x3

  1. I would like to submit a GEM nomination to the Employability team. Over the last two terms they have faced many challenges with changes to the Add+vantage delivery. Add+vantage has had a 50% reduction in the time to deliver the modules this year, resulting in the team being creative in the way in which they have delivered their sessions relying on a combination of synchronous and asynchronous delivery. Due to the popularity of the modules, the Employability Team have seen an increase in numbers year on year and given the constraints faced with the changing delivery slots and a further increase of student numbers, the team have seamlessly absorbed this increase into their workload. As a team they have adapted quickly to changing policies from the University, implementing the changes and conveying clear messages to support the students they engage with.  The team has also seen changes to the Learning Experience Platform from Moodle to Aula which created a host of challenges all whilst adapting to the new normal from face to face delivery to online. They have continued to work on projects alongside of the delivery of the modules, primarily focusing on increasing reach and awareness through the trial of advertising campaigns, competitions and a full over haul of their marketing plans. One major result was the BSL Café seeing a record number of applicants in term 2, a combination of 80 students and staff from different campuses applying for one session. The employability team has continued to go the extra mile supporting new projects, not shying away from the challenge and continuing to work together to increase the employability chances of the student body. 
  2. Employability goes from strength to strength each year despite extremely turbulent and difficult circumstances through covid and the pandemic. This year we have seen record numbers against previous years and this is including taking on a number of additional modules this academic year. Absolutely unbelievable results this year from the team! A massive credit to you all. 
  3. Jodie was a massive help in developing the candidate development side of the elections. Providing courses for candidates to complete whilst also enabling them to be a part of the CUSU Leadership Award programme. These links will be incredibly useful in allowing all elections candidates to undergo some personal development alongside being a candidate.

 

Peter Burgher

I am nominating Peter for a number of reasons. As a new member of staff Peter was asked to look at the standard operating procedures of SUAC and begin to design a business process manual. In phase one his scoping as been tip-top and received a lot of positive feedback from stakeholders. Peter has a fantastic ability to look at situations and set-ups and find ways to make systems that improve delivery and release capacity. In February, despite Peter still being a fairly new member of staff he stepped up when SUAC Central was under the cosh and took on in excess of 100 pieces of casework, ensuring our members could access the support they needed in a timely way irrespective of where they studied. Peter brings a positivity, friendliness and willingness to 'review, reflect and pivot' as the circumstances needs. He has already shown he is willing to go the extra mile when the organisation is in a difficult spot and when it's not, he uses any extra-capacity to think about how he can make things better for CUSU, it's staff and most importantly our students.

 

Sarah Carr

I'm nominating Sarah Carr as a new member of staff because she has joined the organisation during a period of change, as we begin to develop and build our capacity at the satellites to give 'face to face' advice. Joining us from a different background other than advice, Sarah has worked hard to learn about the advice, uni policies, business processes, stakeholders and crucially - the students that she will be supporting - thinking about the localised context in Scarborough and the challenges our members there will face. Sarah is NEVER idle. When she isn't doing, she's learning and when she isn't doing either of those she thinking about the way she can improve something, whether BIG or small. Her warm and friendly disposition is refreshing, particularly when you yourself have had a hard day; her enthusiasm and energy is infectious, and it's a pleasure to work with her.

 

Kevin Coyne x3

  1. I would like to submit a GEM nomination to the Employability team. Over the last two terms they have faced many challenges with changes to the Add+vantage delivery. Add+vantage has had a 50% reduction in the time to deliver the modules this year, resulting in the team being creative in the way in which they have delivered their sessions relying on a combination of synchronous and asynchronous delivery. Due to the popularity of the modules, the Employability Team have seen an increase in numbers year on year and given the constraints faced with the changing delivery slots and a further increase of student numbers, the team have seamlessly absorbed this increase into their workload. As a team they have adapted quickly to changing policies from the University, implementing the changes and conveying clear messages to support the students they engage with.  The team has also seen changes to the Learning Experience Platform from Moodle to Aula which created a host of challenges all whilst adapting to the new normal from face to face delivery to online. They have continued to work on projects alongside of the delivery of the modules, primarily focusing on increasing reach and awareness through the trial of advertising campaigns, competitions and a full over haul of their marketing plans. One major result was the BSL Café seeing a record number of applicants in term 2, a combination of 80 students and staff from different campuses applying for one session. The employability team has continued to go the extra mile supporting new projects, not shying away from the challenge and continuing to work together to increase the employability chances of the student body. 
  2. Employability goes from strength to strength each year despite extremely turbulent and difficult circumstances through covid and the pandemic. This year we have seen record numbers against previous years and this is including taking on a number of additional modules this academic year. Absolutely unbelievable results this year from the team! A massive credit to you all. 
  3. Kevin has not had an easy year with so many changes in the way things are delivered. Despite this our employability team have really gone from strength to strength showing more students' being taught by us than ever before. Seeing our numbers almost double for semester two is an incredible result and one we should all celebrate in the success of the team but also in the hard work of the management and the campaign to drive students into our modules. All whilst teaching modules and getting involved in many other projects. Thank you and well done

 

Kitt Duff

Kitt made time to assist with a number of the candidate wellbeing items throughout the elections. Working on online content as well as organising items for the 24 hour livestream. His willingness to assist was gratefully received with the number of candidates we had!

 

Sophie Dunne

I'm nominating Sophie for the Gem Award this term because she is AMAZING! She is always there to answer any question I ever have and support me, especially now more than ever with working with Faculties. Sophie’s organisation and efficiency are second to none and always keeps myself and the team on track and ready for what's to come. This is why I recommend Sophie, as overall, she is always a friendly face on Teams or Zoom and someone who has done wonders with the Rep System, especially in HLS and PGR.

 

Rob Eddon

This year we approached elections a bit differently with a staff group and a cross departmental project management approach. This approach was made much easier with this staff member involved providing great insight and views to the elections work. They went the extra mile finding the capacity to support and also have their teams support the elections. I want to thank them for honest opinions and collaboration on this project and look forward to any future involvement as I know their ideas are great.

 

Zach Featherstone

This year we approached elections a bit differently with a staff group and a cross departmental project management approach. This approach was made much easier with this staff member involved providing great insight and views to the elections work. They went the extra mile finding the capacity to support and also have their teams support the elections. I want to thank them for honest opinions and collaboration on this project and look forward to any future involvement as I know their ideas are great.

 

Jason Fox x2

  1. The impact Jason has had since joining us is incredible. He got stuck straight in and made things happen which is always wonderful to see. The testing centres have been a great success, his work with City of Culture has been excellent, and the Half Marathon too. He's always willing to help and I know I can throw pretty much anything at him.
  2. Jason since joining the team in October has got straight stuck into tasks and projects. He has successfully delivered a few extremely key strategic projects for CUSU: - Test Centres: Jason has managed a large team of contractor and part time staff to ensure our campuses and local communities are safe. This has been a significant undertaking with daily meetings with the University and navigating regular changes from government and public health on how tests should be administered. - City Host Marketing and Communications: Jason has worked closely with the UKCC21 trust, Phoenix Creative and Piece of Cake Marketing to deliver a great launch for the City Host scheme. This saw nearly 2000 people register for city host opportunities in Feb and March beating the target of only 1000. Jason is a credit to the team and has really worked hard and fast over recent months. Many thanks :)

 

Talissa Gasser x2

  1. I would like to give a GEM nomination to the Phoenix creative team. Since the start of the New year there has been so many challenges that they have had to face as a team and they have continued to work positively with a can do approach to the work they do. The turn around time they are able to work towards is nothing short of a miracle. There is so much that happens behind the scenes that is not viewed by all and they produce quality assets again and again. So much so that they have been commended externally for the work they have produced. In particular and most recently the City Host scheme, working with the City of Culture Trust, which has proved to be a challenge. There has been competing deadlines and changing goal posts and still they have continued to rise to the challenge, putting in the extra hours to make sure deadlines are met. For me they have gone the extra mile as a team and continue to go from strength to strength. 
  2. Phoenix Creative have had a hugely successful few months. The work and effort that has gone in has been excellent and their stretch targets have seen some great results: - Hugely successful creative campaign for the City Host Launch resulting in being described as some 'truly incredible work from the Chief Exec of UK City of Culture 2021' - Winning several big website design bids including the Coventry Business Improvement District, Northampton SU and Lime Engage (a charity that specialises in behaviour change in young people. - Winning the West Midlands Combined Authority and Commonwealth Games Legacy Project - Jobs and Skills Academy launch work. Well done to all in the team and for all the work that has been done.

 

Ella Hughes

Ella and the HR team have been busy with a lot of recruitment but Ella still found capacity to support the BSU team with some elections admin that really helped the team to be able to focus on other aspects of the election. This support was at the right time and honestly without it I know elections would have been harder to deliver successfully. Thank you Ella for your support and general happy approach to this work – it is seen and really appreciated.

 

Debra Jackson x3

  1. This terms GEM nomination goes to Debra Jackson. She has worked tirelessly over the last two terms to engage positively with her students on the modules she delivers. She works tirelessly to ensure that she deliveries quality material and gives the students nurturing and guidance that helps them to feel supported and listened to. This Term she has taken on two modules that were very much out of her comfort zone, right at the last minute  and although that added additional pressure she worked had to pick up the work and offer an A+ service.  Last term she supported our seconded staff through sharing  her knowledge and skills. She offered bespoke training to help them with their marking and feedback to enable them to participate effectively in that task. Given how busy our department is and how stretched the team is she continues to take on board new opportunities and give them her all. As a full time member of staff she seamless supports  nearly 200 students on the schools Modules she delivers.
  2. I would like to submit a GEM nomination to the Employability team.Over the last two terms they have faced many challenges with changes to the Add+vantage delivery. Add+vantage has had a 50% reduction in the time to deliver the modules this year, resulting in the team being creative in the way in which they have delivered their sessions relying on a combination of synchronous and asynchronous delivery. Due to the popularity of the modules, the Employability Team have seen an increase in numbers year on year and given the constraints faced with the changing delivery slots and a further increase of student numbers, the team have seamlessly absorbed this increase into their workload. As a team they have adapted quickly to changing policies from the University, implementing the changes and conveying clear messages to support the students they engage with.  The team has also seen changes to the Learning Experience Platform from Moodle to Aula which created a host of challenges all whilst adapting to the new normal from face to face delivery to online. They have continued to work on projects alongside of the delivery of the modules, primarily focusing on increasing reach and awareness through the trial of advertising campaigns, competitions and a full over haul of their marketing plans. One major result was the BSL Café seeing a record number of applicants in term 2, a combination of 80 students and staff from different campuses applying for one session. The employability team has continued to go the extra mile supporting new projects, not shying away from the challenge and continuing to work together to increase the employability chances of the student body.
  3. Employability goes from strength to strength each year despite extremely turbulent and difficult circumstances through covid and the pandemic. This year we have seen record numbers against previous years and this is including taking on a number of additional modules this academic year. Absolutely unbelievable results this year from the team! A massive credit to you all.

 

Zoe Lamb x2

  1. I would like to give a GEM nomination to the Phoenix creative team. Since the start of the New year there has been so many challenges that they have had to face as a team and they have continued to work positively with a can do approach to the work they do. The turn around time they are able to work towards is nothing short of a miracle. There is so much that happens behind the scenes that is not viewed by all and they produce quality assets again and again. So much so that they have been commended externally for the work they have produced. In particular and most recently the City Host scheme, working with the City of Culture Trust, which has proved to be a challenge. There has been competing deadlines and changing goal posts and still they have continued to rise to the challenge, putting in the extra hours to make sure deadlines are met. For me they have gone the extra mile as a team and continue to go from strength to strength. 
  2. Phoenix Creative have had a hugely successful few months. The work and effort that has gone in has been excellent and their stretch targets have seen some great results:- Hugely successful creative campaign for the City Host Launch resulting in being described as some 'truly incredible work from the Chief Exec of UK City of Culture 2021' - Winning several big website design bids including the Coventry Business Improvement District, Northampton SU and Lime Engage (a charity that specialises in behaviour change in young people. - Winning the West Midlands Combined Authority and Commonwealth Games Legacy Project - Jobs and Skills Academy launch work. Well done to all in the team and for all the work that has been done.

 

Lauren Osgood

This year we approached elections a bit differently with a staff group and a cross departmental project management approach. This approach was made much easier with this staff member involved providing great insight and views to the elections work. They went the extra mile finding the capacity to support and also have their teams support the elections. I want to thank them for honest opinions and collaboration on this project and look forward to any future involvement as I know their ideas are great.

 

Amy Preston

Amy was a great help to our team at an extremely busy time. She took on a big task for us, which gave us the capacity to concentrate on other things. Nothing was too much trouble and everything was always done in a friendly, student focused way. From the feedback I received from students, I know they were grateful for what she did for them as well. Thank you Amy.

 

Abbee Pule

Fantastic work maintaining the relationship with Project Intrepid, and great success with I Love My Course - particularly with the shift to a fully virtual project, with some difficult challenges to overcome. Always a delight to work with.

 

Connor Radcliffe

The Assistant Managers Team for Campuses is a new Team - but they're focussed, driven and are already delivering. They are hard working, multi-talented and demonstrate the best of CUSU; working hard to deliver for our Members who are studying at our satellites. Connor has gone from a standing start on student societies to giving us 100% coverage of Academic societies at CovUniLDN; developing student societies in our hard to engage CU London and building  engagement through our near defunct social media channels and even starting new ones. He has taken a concept 'co-curricular activity' and worked to turn it into a reality with our pre-sessional English students and the academics building SU engagement and activities in to their academic programme.Collectively they have worked hard together to develop and align our business processes and quantifying what satellites are achieving. They are always willing to take on a new challenge, to challenge and be open to challenge in a supportive and collegiate way and they act as great champions across CUSU for the needs of satellites and the students that study there.I am excited for the future and what they will bring and offer. This is a team I am already very proud of.

 

Ruth Randall x2

  1. I would like to submit a GEM nomination to the Employability team. Over the last two terms they have faced many challenges with changes to the Add+vantage delivery. Add+vantage has had a 50% reduction in the time to deliver the modules this year, resulting in the team being creative in the way in which they have delivered their sessions relying on a combination of synchronous and asynchronous delivery. Due to the popularity of the modules, the Employability Team have seen an increase in numbers year on year and given the constraints faced with the changing delivery slots and a further increase of student numbers, the team have seamlessly absorbed this increase into their workload. As a team they have adapted quickly to changing policies from the University, implementing the changes and conveying clear messages to support the students they engage with.  The team has also seen changes to the Learning Experience Platform from Moodle to Aula which created a host of challenges all whilst adapting to the new normal from face to face delivery to online. They have continued to work on projects alongside of the delivery of the modules, primarily focusing on increasing reach and awareness through the trial of advertising campaigns, competitions and a full over haul of their marketing plans. One major result was the BSL Café seeing a record number of applicants in term 2, a combination of 80 students and staff from different campuses applying for one session. The employability team has continued to go the extra mile supporting new projects, not shying away from the challenge and continuing to work together to increase the employability chances of the student body.
  2. Employability goes from strength to strength each year despite extremely turbulent and difficult circumstances through covid and the pandemic. This year we have seen record numbers against previous years and this is including taking on a number of additional modules this academic year. Absolutely unbelievable results this year from the team! A massive credit to you all.

 

Sarah Richards x2

  1. I would like to give a GEM nomination to the Phoenix creative team. Since the start of the New year there has been so many challenges that they have had to face as a team and they have continued to work positively with a can do approach to the work they do. The turn around time they are able to work towards is nothing short of a miracle. There is so much that happens behind the scenes that is not viewed by all and they produce quality assets again and again. So much so that they have been commended externally for the work they have produced. In particular and most recently the City Host scheme, working with the City of Culture Trust, which has proved to be a challenge. There has been competing deadlines and changing goal posts and still they have continued to rise to the challenge, putting in the extra hours to make sure deadlines are met. For me they have gone the extra mile as a team and continue to go from strength to strength. 
  2. Phoenix Creative have had a hugely successful few months. The work and effort that has gone in has been excellent and their stretch targets have seen some great results: - Hugely successful creative campaign for the City Host Launch resulting in being described as some 'truly incredible work from the Chief Exec of UK City of Culture 2021' - Winning several big website design bids including the Coventry Business Improvement District, Northampton SU and Lime Engage (a charity that specialises in behaviour change in young people. - Winning the West Midlands Combined Authority and Commonwealth Games Legacy Project - Jobs and Skills Academy launch work. Well done to all in the team and for all the work that has been done.

 

Claire Scott

I can't underestimate the impact the staff quizzes have had on my lockdown, I think they're genuinely brilliant. Plus, all the work Claire has done with recruitment, new starters and leavers, payroll and furlough, (chasing me down for the things I've forgotten to do...) and no doubt much more I'm oblivious to that goes on behind the scenes! She always makes me smile and is great fun to work with.

 

Joshua Smith x2

  1. The Assistant Managers Team for Campuses is a new Team - but they're focussed, driven and are already delivering. They are hard working, multi-talented and demonstrate the best of CUSU; working hard to deliver for our Members who are studying at our satellites. Joshua has come in and worked hard on reimaging and developing the systems for a contextualised Course Rep structure that sees high engagement up to 99% coverage in some areas. Collectively they have worked hard together to develop and align our business processes and quantifying what satellites are achieving. They are always willing to take on a new challenge, to challenge and be open to challenge in a supportive and collegiate way and they act as great champions across CUSU for the needs of satellites and the students that study there. I am excited for the future and what they will bring and offer. This is a team I am already very proud of.
  2. This year we approached elections a bit differently with a staff group and a cross departmental project management approach. This approach was made much easier with this staff member involved providing great insight and views to the elections work. They went the extra mile finding the capacity to support and also have their teams support the elections. I want to thank them for honest opinions and collaboration on this project and look forward to any future involvement as I know their ideas are great.

 

Miranda Somers x3

  1. Miranda has created videos to advertise our amazing BSL Cafe's and pushed the event across our social media channels to achieve a record number of sign-ups. Whilst creating content is part of her role, her dedication to research alternative methods and production of the final videos is something that I could never have imagined. She has gone the extra mile to create a funny teaser video which has been well-received by our students. Thanks Miranda!
  2. I would like to submit a GEM nomination to the Employability team. Over the last two terms they have faced many challenges with changes to the Add+vantage delivery. Add+vantage has had a 50% reduction in the time to deliver the modules this year, resulting in the team being creative in the way in which they have delivered their sessions relying on a combination of synchronous and asynchronous delivery. Due to the popularity of the modules, the Employability Team have seen an increase in numbers year on year and given the constraints faced with the changing delivery slots and a further increase of student numbers, the team have seamlessly absorbed this increase into their workload. As a team they have adapted quickly to changing policies from the University, implementing the changes and conveying clear messages to support the students they engage with.The team has also seen changes to the Learning Experience Platform from Moodle to Aula which created a host of challenges all whilst adapting to the new normal from face to face delivery to online. They have continued to work on projects alongside of the delivery of the modules, primarily focusing on increasing reach and awareness through the trial of advertising campaigns, competitions and a full over haul of their marketing plans. One major result was the BSL Café seeing a record number of applicants in term 2, a combination of 80 students and staff from different campuses applying for one session. The employability team has continued to go the extra mile supporting new projects, not shying away from the challenge and continuing to work together to increase the employability chances of the student body.
  3. Employability goes from strength to strength each year despite extremely turbulent and difficult circumstances through covid and the pandemic. This year we have seen record numbers against previous years and this is including taking on a number of additional modules this academic year. Absolutely unbelievable results this year from the team! A massive credit to you all.

 

James Walsh

This year we approached elections a bit differently with a staff group and a cross departmental project management approach. This approach was made much easier with this staff member involved providing great insight and views to the elections work. They went the extra mile finding the capacity to support and also have their teams support the elections. I want to thank them for honest opinions and collaboration on this project and look forward to any future involvement as I know their ideas are great.

 

Marian White x2

  1. I would like to submit a GEM nomination to the Employability team. Over the last two terms they have faced many challenges with changes to the Add+vantage delivery. Add+vantage has had a 50% reduction in the time to deliver the modules this year, resulting in the team being creative in the way in which they have delivered their sessions relying on a combination of synchronous and asynchronous delivery. Due to the popularity of the modules, the Employability Team have seen an increase in numbers year on year and given the constraints faced with the changing delivery slots and a further increase of student numbers, the team have seamlessly absorbed this increase into their workload. As a team they have adapted quickly to changing policies from the University, implementing the changes and conveying clear messages to support the students they engage with.  The team has also seen changes to the Learning Experience Platform from Moodle to Aula which created a host of challenges all whilst adapting to the new normal from face to face delivery to online. They have continued to work on projects alongside of the delivery of the modules, primarily focusing on increasing reach and awareness through the trial of advertising campaigns, competitions and a full over haul of their marketing plans. One major result was the BSL Café seeing a record number of applicants in term 2, a combination of 80 students and staff from different campuses applying for one session. The employability team has continued to go the extra mile supporting new projects, not shying away from the challenge and continuing to work together to increase the employability chances of the student body. 
  2. Employability goes from strength to strength each year despite extremely turbulent and difficult circumstances through covid and the pandemic. This year we have seen record numbers against previous years and this is including taking on a number of additional modules this academic year. Absolutely unbelievable results this year from the team! A massive credit to you all.

 

Devina Whitwell x3

  1. I would like to submit a GEM nomination to the Employability team. Over the last two terms they have faced many challenges with changes to the Add+vantage delivery. Add+vantage has had a 50% reduction in the time to deliver the modules this year, resulting in the team being creative in the way in which they have delivered their sessions relying on a combination of synchronous and asynchronous delivery. Due to the popularity of the modules, the Employability Team have seen an increase in numbers year on year and given the constraints faced with the changing delivery slots and a further increase of student numbers, the team have seamlessly absorbed this increase into their workload. As a team they have adapted quickly to changing policies from the University, implementing the changes and conveying clear messages to support the students they engage with.  The team has also seen changes to the Learning Experience Platform from Moodle to Aula which created a host of challenges all whilst adapting to the new normal from face to face delivery to online. They have continued to work on projects alongside of the delivery of the modules, primarily focusing on increasing reach and awareness through the trial of advertising campaigns, competitions and a full over haul of their marketing plans. One major result was the BSL Café seeing a record number of applicants in term 2, a combination of 80 students and staff from different campuses applying for one session. The employability team has continued to go the extra mile supporting new projects, not shying away from the challenge and continuing to work together to increase the employability chances of the student body.
  2. Devina has gone above and beyond in recent weeks to establish a strong training offer for the City host scheme. Delivering a core training programme in covid is no small undertaking and should be acknowledged for her tenacity and work in getting things in order. We have been able to bring in some huge expertise from the Superbowl and other major events but ensuring we deliver something that is right for Coventry is essential and something that the whole City is dependant on. We are in a really really strong place for launch. In addition to this Devina has also worked extremely hard to play an integral role in the delivery of the Enhancing Futures Programme in Spring 2021. This is all alongside the oversight and management of record numbers of addvantage modules with a circa 30% in numbers for 2020-21 academic year. Thank you and well done.
  3. Employability goes from strength to strength each year despite extremely turbulent and difficult circumstances through covid and the pandemic. This year we have seen record numbers against previous years and this is including taking on a number of additional modules this academic year. Absolutely unbelievable results this year from the team! A massive credit to you all.

 

Emma Zielinski X2

  1. Emma has welcomed and supported a new team to settle into the organisation (with Claire W and Emma M both being new starters on the same day and Will also joining on a secondment basis). She has been approachable, friendly, and open to share information and new ideas - making it easier for the team to find their feet. Prior to this, she showed a flexible approach, adapting to learning new skills in order to support the wider organisation communicate with our student members. She deserves recognition for the fantastic level of service she has provided, all whilst joining and trying to get to grips with the organisation herself remotely. 
  2. Emma has only been with us for a few months but immediately stepped up to cover a wide range of marketing and comms work for CUSU in the absence of a marketing team. She delivered great support for the Winter activity over the Christmas break, has been covering social and the newsletters, comms planning, as well as bringing through some great student-authored content. It's great to see someone so new - to us and SUs - get stuck in with support where we needed it, and she's always a pleasure to work with.
 

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