Robyn Macpherson - Activities and Employability Officer

Hi, I’m Robyn, your Activities and Employability Officer. I'm here to support and oversee the wide range of student groups and societies we offer at the Guild, as well as working with the Jobs, Skills and Volunteering department to help you earn money and gain some skills – all while having the best possible experience from being a student at Birmingham! Feel free to come and have a chat, or get in contact if you have any questions about anything from societies to volunteering to part-time jobs.

Robyn Macpherson - Activities & Employability Officer

My Manifesto

Robyn Macpherson - Activities & Employability Officer Election Manifesto 2018-19 Click to enlarge

Officer Action Plan - Progress Reports

Manifesto Key Actions Outcomes Comments Progress (%)

Improve the room booking system 

  • Improve awareness and accessibility to university room bookings for student groups

  • Introduce the opportunity to flag high importance requests for rooms 

  • Look into satellite space usage

     

  • Increased satisfaction and feeling of appreciation in Committees 

Society of the Month and Spotlight on successfully implemented, now with designs and winners for each month so far. Winners on achievement wall.

Societies wall and achievements wall completed

Increased the number of societies nights to one per month during term time, including the use of Mermaid Bar and student group activity e.g.- Live Music. Unfortunately due to lack of uptake this has been reduced to one again.

Tier Structure written up and feedback given by staff and students, this feedback was taken into consideration and the structure has now been approved by SGX and renamed the 'Recognition Structure'. I will be making the process more public and transparent to students in the coming months and sharing it amongst staff to ensure support for the structure after I leave.

This structure will be finding its feet in the next year, however points will be able to be accrued from the time of public release and results will be released to all groups who participate at Guild Awards 2020. 

75%

Improve support for running Student Groups

  • Run relevant workshops regularly e.g. events or finance

  • Make processes easier to manage by digitising and having a central 'port of call' online

    - Sponsorship fair

  • Increased satisfaction in student groups

  • Less pressure on the grant pot 

  • More successful applications 

Mega and mini forums replaced with relevant workshops, which are proving popular, examples of some we have run so far are grant applications, AGMs, and sponsorship.                                                              

Sponsorship fair date to be booked for term 3, currently scouting businesses to attend continually working on processes

Edited the way financial processes such as claims forms are handled to streamline the process. SGX elections have successfully gone online. Groups complaints procedure successfully updated and improved and should be approved at next SGX. Spent a day working on editing and re-thinking groups processes (merging and removing some processes, simplifying others), this work is now being written up and most of it should be able to be implemented relatively quickly.                                                

Better relationship formed with Redbrick, building on trust towards implementing a proofing process which is better for both the Guild and the group.

This process was approved at Audit and Risk committee and we are now working on writing up an adequate policy to take to insurers. 

80%

Increase recognition and reward for Student Groups

  • Develop 'spotlight on' to increase awareness

  • Change the societies wall to include recognition awards, spotlight and Guild Awards

  • Improve Societies Night to cover the wants of societies more specifically, including the use of Street Kitchen and increasing the number of events

  • Society Tier Structure

  • A society end of year event 

  • Increased satisfaction and feeling of appreciation in Committees 

Society of the Month and Spotlight on successfully implemented, now with designs and winners for each month so far. Winners on achievement wall. 

Societies wall and achievements wall completed

Increased the number of societies nights to one per month during term time, including the use of Mermaid Bar and student group activity e.g.- Live Music. Unfortunately due to lack of uptake this has been reduced to one again.

Tier Structure written up and feedback given by staff and students, this feedback was taken into consideration and the structure has now been approved by SGX and renamed the 'Recognition Structure'. I will be making the process more public and transparent to students in the coming months and sharing it amongst staff to ensure support for the structure after I leave.

This structure will be finding its feet in the next year, however points will be able to be accrued from the time of public release and results will be released to all groups who participate at Guild Awards 2020. 

75%

Improve accessibility of employability services 

  • Course specific student representatives for easy access to basic information 

  • More accessible social media 

  • Streamline services and make different services advertise clearly what they provide (do I go to JSV, Careers or Worklink?) 

  • Improved advertisement and other marketing methods for volunteering

  • More clarity amongst students regarding services 

  • Volunteering numbers increase 

Employability info included in student rep training

Planning in process for tour of careers network and meeting staff (to improve links and aid streamlining plans)

Continuing to work on streamlining volunteering groups with societies to avoid separation/confusion

This work is ongoing with the guild to find the right balance of careers/employability between us and the university, but I am in contact with university staff around ways to help students to understand and communicate employability skills learnt through their activities

30%

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