Prpject Fund for Student Groups
The Employability Project Fund 2015-16 was a one-off pot of money which student groups could bid for to improve the employability of their members. Supported by Queen Mary Annual Fund, a variety of creative and practical projects were funded from jazz workshops and drawing classes to a course on how to save a babies’ life.
There was 1 round of applications which closed on 2 November 2015. A fantastic 32 student groups applied showing this fund really is student-led! A total of £12,686.76 was applied but the Panel only had £5000 to give out. 18 groups were granted a total of £4,897.38 to complete these innovative employability projects. Below some examples of the projects delivered:
Working closely with design tutors and alumni from the School of Engineering and Material Science, Design Society used the grant to deliver a series of new workshops and events with professionals, including drawing classes with guest alumni and an exploring 3D scanning workshop.
QMUL Music Society ran a jazz workshop with St Paul's Way Trust School performing an incredibly difficult and rare recording of the 1930s opera ‘Porgy and Bess’, whilst encouraging local school children to explore the Arts. This hugely improved the society members’ employability as it gave them a valuable opportunity to perform as well as experience working in an educational setting.
The Bart’s Lifesavers Society organised a course called Saving a Baby’s Life delivered by the Royal Life Saving Society, which aimed to train students on to how to save a new-born babies’ life in possible hazardous situations such as drowning, choking and respiratory distress. The course provided a qualification to medical students who participated, allowing them to instruct new mothers on these skills.
QMUL Makers Market - 16 November 2016
The Union partnered with Careers & Enterprise to host the Makers Market that took place on Wednesday 16 November at the SU Hub. Union groups held stalls showcasing their societies’ services alongside student media outlets displaying their latest issues. View the photos here
QMSU Social Enterprise Networking Event - 29 September 2016
The Union organised an evening of inspirational talks and networking drinks with alumni, QMUL Careers & Enterprise and QMSU societies. 30 students attended and enjoyed hearing from James Borrell from Discover Conservation, Jamie Crummie from Too Good to Go, QM Enactus and QM Entrepreneurs.
During the evening the Enterprise team announced Anand Bhudia as the winner of the Coaster competition and the first prize of a £50 voucher. Attendees networked over drinks and voted for the social enterprise support they most need in order to get started on their social enterprise. View the photos here