Become a GGSN Assistant!

Being a GGSN Assistant mean working with the GGSN to help deliver our goals for the year. You get to be part of the team working on a part-time, hourly-paid basis and helping to run and shape the network for the year.

If you’re interested in the role, you can find information on GET Online or read it below and apply by emailing d.mckenna@gre.ac.uk directly for an application form.

Applications close at 18.00 on 7th October.

Job description

The EDU is looking for up to 10 keen and enthusiastic students to work with the Greenwich Graduate Student Network (GGSN) on a range of activities which are aimed at engaging students with the idea of Greenwich Graduate Attributes, and helping them to develop these attributes.

Responsibilities may include tasks such as : social networking activities; planning and helping to run face to face events and activities; administrative tasks; working on publicity, promotion and communications, including recruitment of students to the GGSN and to particular events or activities; working with and possibly helping to lead GGSN members (volunteers) in various activities; conducting surveys; writing blog posts. Responsibilities will vary and will be negotiable, depending on various activities and allocation within the team.

The role demands a high level of interaction with students and staff, working as part of the GGSN team, and with small and larger groups.

Key relationships will be with the other GGSN Assistants as team members, and with the GGSN Scholars who will co-ordinate and lead the team; with Sally Alsford and Duncan McKenna (EDU) to whom you will report; with GGSN members. The role may also involve liaising with academic (and other) staff, student reps. and Students’ Union officers.

Person requirements

You will need to show initiative and enthusiasm and be good at working as part of a team. Very good communication skills are essential, also being hard working, friendly and outgoing and you need to be good at organising your time. This role will also help develop your own Greenwich Graduate attributes. It may be necessary sometimes for you to travel between the Avery Hill, Greenwich and Medway campuses for meetings and events though we work with your availability.

Essential:

Desirable:

Skills

Very good communication skills, written and spoken

Good interpersonal skills

Ability to work as part of a team

Ability to work independently

Very good organisational skills

Good IT skills

Skills

Experience

Experience

Experience of event management / promotion

Experience of working in student networks

Company information

The GGSN is a student-led network of students and staff from around the university, which encourages students to build the attributes and behaviours we expect our graduates to develop whilst they are studying at the university, and investigates their experience of how to develop these (the Greenwich Graduate Attributes – Crtl+click the link for more info). Further information can be found on the blog here: http://blogs.gre.ac.uk/ggsn/

The GGSN is run out of the University of Greenwich Educational Development Unit. The Educational Development Unit (EDU) is a central unit of the University, which works with academics and other University staff, and with students, to promote and encourage innovation and excellence in learning, teaching and assessment.

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Please email d.mckenna@gre.ac.uk directly for an application form.

Please title the email “GGSN Assistant Application – [FULL NAME] – [STUDENT NUMBER]”.

If your application is successful at the first stage, you will be invited to interview which will be the final stage of the application process. Interviews will take place in October and you will be informed of the interview schedule if you are successful at the application stage.

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Meet the GGSN Scholars!

We have two new scholars who are heading up the GGSN team this year, and we’ve asked them to write a short post by way of introduction.

If you’re inspired by what you read here you can apply to be a Student Scholar yourself and be awarded a £1000 scholarship from the University here!

 

Aiste Steponenaite

Why did you get involved with the GGSN?

Involvement in GGSN gives me a chance to contribute to creating a better student experience while being at university, and to help to build a better environment for future students. I believe that being part of the GGSN enables us to change the way students think about what is it to be a student. Helping them understand that they must gain various experiences while being at university, and mentioning the ways of doing that, can help them to become extraordinary graduates. And because this information will be communicated by students to other students, it is more likely that they will engage in this discourse.

 

What are you most looking forward to/hoping to achieve with the GGSN?

My goal while being part of the GGSN is to make students aware that it is not enough just to have a university degree in order to get the job they want. They must have a wide collection of skills that are usually not gained just by studying. I want to help students to understand that everything they do outside of their programme can benefit them in the future, and that now is perfect time to take part in different activities, belong to societies, and/or volunteer everywhere they can, because all this provides valuable experience that will absolutely benefit them in the future.

 

Why do you think other students should get involved with the GGSN?

GGSN is a place where students, firstly, can develop essential skills, such as team work, communication, creativity, becoming more confident in public speaking and expressing their own opinions and ideas, and realising them. It is also a place where you can contribute to the improvement of teaching, university life, and student – academic relations. Being part of this network develops all the Greenwich Graduate Attributes and provides a chance to help other students to develop them as well. And finally, when belonging to this network it is easier to make your voice heard and to fulfil any ideas you have that might be very important for the welfare of your fellow students.

 

Joachim Nwezeobi

We live in very interesting times, and the only perpetual attribute is change. In our present world the individuals who rise to stardom are the not the most gifted or the most endowed, but those who are able to adapt to change. Life after graduation has changed from what it used to be. More people are appreciating the importance of education and are increasingly going through academic institutions. Consequently, the labour market is awash with more degree holders than it can readily absorb. Suddenly, getting a degree and even a first class doesn’t matter as much as it used to. Suddenly, in my opinion, a degree is no longer enough, and employers now only use it as a baseline for selection. The recent event in India where about a million highly skilled individuals applied for about 20 government job openings is a case in point. It is the extra skills and experience that a student develops during study that helps set him/her apart from the crowd. The GGSN was set up to recognize these skills and to help the students develop them to make them better prepared for the modern labour market.

 

Why did you get involved with the GGSN?

I have joined the GGSN because it will give me the opportunity to not only identify the skills that would help me stand out, but also to start acquiring those skills. The GGSN would serve as a platform for reminding me of the extra skills that I need, as well as identifying avenues by which those skills can be achieved. Taking part in the activities of the GGSN would also help me develop a number of the skills that would make me very desirable in the job market, as well as prepare me for being an employer if I decide to tow the path of entrepreneurship.

 

What are you most looking forward to/hoping to achieve with the GGSN?

I intend to achieve three main things during my tenure as a GGSN Scholar. The first is to ensure that our brand name (GGSN) is truly visible to the majority of the students at the University, which will help make it a household name among student. Secondly, I intend to act on the report of my predecessors and hit the ground running with the planning and execution of our projects. Thirdly, it will be important to leave some legacy to the next generation of GGSN scholars and I intend to bequeath them evidence-backed ideas on how to help students become better Greenwich Graduates.

 

Why do you think other students should get involved with the GGSN?

Joining the GGSN would help students to take an active role in ensuring that they acquire the requisite skills for post study. Becoming a member of the GGSN will create an invaluable opportunity for hands-on participation in activities that will help mould them into a complete and well-rounded Greenwich Graduate. One who is intellectually aware and independent, enterprising and is able to excel in a multicultural society.

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Apply to be A GGSN Student Scholar – October 2015

This is a second round of recruitment for the GGSN this year – application deadline 7th October 2015.

 

We’re looking for a new set of GGSN Student Scholars for 2015-16 – it could be you!
*      Do you want to boost your experience and C.V. through working with staff and other students on university projects?
*      Do you want to develop your own graduate attributes, and those of others, in preparation for the jobs of the future?
*      Do you want to help build university networks to support and showcase best examples of students’ achievements, and of the kind of innovative teaching and learning that helps student develop their graduate skills and attributes?

If the answer to these questions is yes, and if you will be registered and studying as a full-time student at the University of Greenwich from October 2015-16, we want to hear from you!

The university’s Educational Development Unit is working to help students and staff identify, build and share the best approaches to teaching and learning which will help students to develop the graduate skills and attributes which are crucial for success at university and in the future.

We will be appointing 4 or more GGSN Student Scholars  for the 2015-16 academic year.  They will work with the Educational Development Unit (EDU) to:

  • research student experience of how teaching and learning can help students develop graduate skills and attributes
  • explore students’ experience of particular aspects of learning, for example the use of technology and social media, and assessment and feedback
  • build the Greenwich Graduate Student Network (GGSN)
  • present their findings, showcasing student achievements and examples of what works best for students.

 The Student Scholars appointed will each receive a scholarship of £1,000.

Working on this project will give you significant opportunities for your personal and graduate skills development and to enhance your CV, including:

 ● networking & communication ● presenting / publishing your work● working with staff ● creating educational resources ● attending conferences 

Click here for more information, including how to apply

Or if you have read all relevant information: APPLY HERE

Deadline for applications:  7th October 2015 

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GGSN Student Scholars 2015-16

We’re looking for a new set of GGSN Student Scholars for 2015-16 – it could be you!
*      Do you want to boost your experience and C.V. through working with staff and other students on university projects?
*      Do you want to develop your own graduate attributes, and those of others, in preparation for the jobs of the future?
*      Do you want to help build university networks to support and showcase best examples of students’ achievements, and of the kind of innovative teaching and learning that helps student develop their graduate skills and attributes?

If the answer to these questions is yes, and if you will be registered and studying as a full-time student at the University of Greenwich from September 2015-16, we want to hear from you!

The university’s Educational Development Unit is working to help students and staff identify, build and share the best approaches to teaching and learning which will help students to develop the graduate skills and attributes which are crucial for success at university and in the future.

We will be appointing 4 or more GGSN Student Scholars  for the 2015-16 academic year.  They will work with the Educational Development Unit (EDU) to:

  • research student experience of how teaching and learning can help students develop graduate skills and attributes
  • explore students’ experience of particular aspects of learning, for example the use of technology and social media, and assessment and feedback
  • build the Greenwich Graduate Student Network (GGSN)
  • present their findings, showcasing student achievements and examples of what works best for students.

 The Student Scholars appointed will each receive a scholarship of £1,000.

Working on this project will give you significant opportunities for your personal and graduate skills development and to enhance your CV, including:

 ● networking & communication ● presenting / publishing your work● working with staff ● creating educational resources ● attending conferences 

Click here for more information, including how to apply

Or if you have read all relevant information: APPLY HERE

Deadline for applications:  EXTENDED June 22ND 18.00 pm.

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Summer of Student Innovation 2015

We’ve heard from our friends at Jisc about a competition their offering this summer. If like us, after May you’re likely to be twiddling your thumbs and watching reruns of Breaking Bad why not take a look at what these guys are offering. It’s a great opportunity to turn an idea into a project, with a dollop of added support and a sprinkle of funding.

Jisc believe that students should have a big role in developing new ways of using  technology to improve their experience at university. That’s why they’re running their popular summer of student innovation competition for the third straight year, with a new approach to ensure they engage a broader range of students with funding of up to £20,000 available, so get involved! 😀

Entrants are invited to submit an idea that uses technology to improve education, research or student life, and those who are successful receive grant funding and support from Jisc to develop their project.

The summer of student innovation 2015 is bigger and better than before, and has a variety of competitions available:

  1. Student ideas competition – Ideas using technology that could help improve research, learning or student life across further and higher education.
  1. Supporting technology start-up projects – Support for existing educational technology products that addresses needs of learners and researchers in further and higher education.
  1. Learner ideas in FE (Further Education) competition – Ideas from learners based in UK colleges, or apprentices and trainees who have a technology idea that could improve the learning experience.
  2. Apprentice-led ideas challenge – A pilot project to support apprentices or trainees      and learning providers who have an idea for technology that could help work based learners.

Students have until 18 May to submit their entries and, with our help, attract votes from around the sector!

See here for more information and details on how to apply  🙂

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Need vlogging inspiration? Look no further.

Have you heard about our vlog competition?

Were looking for some inspirational video blogs from University of Greenwich students to post and share with others. All entries will receive Passport Points through GET and the winner will get £30 of Amazon vouchers (plus a few sneaky runner-up prizes so it’s worth entering!).

Were looking for vlogs based around these themes:

– Recent employability skills you’ve developed and how you got them.

– What did you do last summer? Summer placement, work experience, volunteering? How did it improve your career prospects? 

– Or, if you’re stuck take a look at the Greenwich Graduate Attributes and tell us how you plan on developing one, or some of these in the coming year.

The GGSN Assistants have been beavering away and collecting some helpful hints and tips about what to say in your vlog, how to vlog and the best ways to stay ENGAGING! 

1) Talk about something INTERESTING, I realise this may be one of those subjective things, since what a business student might find interesting a creative writer perhaps may not… but I’m a firm believer anything can be made interesting with the right PRESENTATION.

2) Have a SENSE OF HUMOUR, smile, be cheerful, pretend you’re talking to someone who’s really there… and not the camera. Your viewer will feel this friendliness! 

3) RESEARCH YOUR AUDIENCE, think about other students on your course, on in your year. What would they find helpful? What knowledge do you have that could help them? What pearls of wisdom would you like to share? 

4) Get on top of TECHNOLOGY. This doesn’t mean buying the newest thing just to create a decent quality vlog (none of us can afford that), but it does mean making sure you’re in a quiet place, that there isn’t a ridiculously bright light right behind your head so you look like a bad 80’s pop video, and adjusting your sound settings before you get started. Were not judging quality (though it would be nice to hear you), were looking for some solid gold nuggets of student experience!! 

 To get the party started here are some good, informative, entertaining vlogs (that aren’t Zoella, don’t worry). 

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The new Equality and Diversity Manager…!

Our new Equality and Diversity Manager, Claire Clark, tells us how she felt about the Culturosity event on the 21st Feb!

Students from five faith students societies gave an insight on how religion and belief in the workplace plays an important part to how we understand each other after all, we spend a considerable amount of our working time with different colleagues but how much do we know, understand or even know they have a religion or belief? For me, the event highlighted the importance of treating people of all different faiths with dignity and respect and taking the time out to ask or find out more about the person which I am sure, he/she would be more than willing to share.

It was fantastic to meet new faces as being a new member of staff to the University, I felt it was important to meet the GGSN team whom were all student volunteers and the Education Development Unit who supported the event. This displayed our strong commitment to equality and diversity and enhances the cross working relationship between staff and students.

We cant wait to put on some more events like this that bring together students and staff from all sorts of different backgrounds. Let us know if you’ve got any good ideas, or would like to get involved!

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Culturosity – the feedback!

The GGSN held an event two weeks ago exploring how the religion or culture of students and staff at Greenwich shaped the workplace environment. The GGSN assistants tell us here how the event was organized, and what they learnt from the experience.

The idea behind organising two focus groups was to help the network plan the event from scratch and identify activities that students would be interested in. So, we actively sought the opinion of students and invited classmates to join the discussion. The Network also invited cultural/religious societies to share their ideas and possibly help out at the event on the day.

To have a productive discussion and engage everyone, we offered different ideas for ice-breakers, discussion topics and questions to help the group brainstorm together. These activities formed the framework for the focus groups.

In the first focus group, we had a lot of fun meeting other students and doing an ice-breaker game. In small groups, we discussed the meaning of being culturally aware and then shared with everyone our ideas. Followed by a number of questions from the GGSN Scholars, we brainstormed different activities that would be interesting and fun for students to engage in. This is how we came up with the three main activities for the day: stalls, quiz and panel discussion.

Personally, from our discussion about the meaning of cultural awareness I learnt about different viewpoints and now I have a comprehensive understanding of it. I also feel that I learnt about organising a focus group and the importance of asking the right questions.

– Ivanka Apostolova, GGSN Assistant

In order to transform some original ideas into a culturally-stimulating and intellectually-rewarding event, people who have different perspectives on culture and religion were needed. Therefore, the GGSN team “took advantage” of the multi-cultural environment provided by our university and tried to bring together members from all the religious societies. The Presidents of the Christian, Jewish, Catholic, Muslim societies responded and we asked whether they wanted to help us organize the event or even take part in the panel discussion. Moreover, they were given the opportunity to set up their own stall with promotional material meant to raise awareness about their religion among students and staff. Our attempt to involve the societies got a positive response and a large majority of provided original suggestions that perfectly fit the missing pieces of the culturosity “puzzle”.

The promotion of the event represented a challenge for all the GGSN members. Even if the ideas behind the event were complex, original and stimulating for students coming from various backgrounds, we needed to come up with an engaging and simple way in which to promote these ideas. As a result, the team has designed some eye-catching posters and flyers which were then distributed in both Greenwich and Avery Hill campuses.  On the other hand, in order not to limit the event by organizing it exclusively for students, staff members from different faculties were invited to participate.

However, given that intellectual and spiritual rewards may sometimes not be enough in order to stimulate one’s motivation, various material incentives were provided such as passport points, free refreshments and interesting prizes. Additionally, the entire event was created as interactive as possible in order to directly get people involved in different activities. As a result, the panel discussion was followed by questions and dialogues between the panel members and guests on various cultural and religious themes. Following this, an interactive quiz took part by the end of which participants not only expanded their general knowledge, but also won useful prizes, depending on their performance. And finally, in order to thank all the participants for taking part in our event, a tombola was organized and those who had a lucky day, went home not only with additional information about religion and culture, but also with a small gift!

Overall, it is clear that even if “curiosity may kill the cat”, culturosity keeps it intellectually active. Additionally, it helps it to become more receptive to the complex academic and professional environment it lives in and ultimately leads to a better understanding of human nature. Realistically, this event was not only organized to celebrate culture and religion, but also friendship, respect, cooperation  and more importantly, diversity.

– Luiza-Diandra Bretfelean, GGSN Assistant

Taking part in the Culturosity event organised by GGSN was very pleasant and valuable experience. I personally enjoyed both parts of the event. Panel discussion was more engaging than I expected and gave all participants a chance to get involved in the conversation. I learned a lot of new facts about different religions and how specific traditions could affect workplace as well as had a chance to experience dealing with critical situations. I was responsible for managing the quiz in the second part of the event. A few personal highlights of event would be designing the questionnaire and leading the quiz, plus the engagement of the participants and experience of leading a game. I had a chance to use my marketing research skills for the research process that also involved a lot of creativity. Developing interesting and quite hard questions was the main downside of the quiz as the feedback received from participants was positive but easier questions would have been preferred. Taking the approach of challenging questions was the key in this quiz game and helped participant to interact with each other when facing hard question. Personally this experience helped me to gain knowledge in different cultures as well as improve on my oral presentation skills while leading the quiz.

– Ruta Sapatkaite, GGSN Assistant

 

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