Paternity leave over and hitting the ground running!
I think it's safe to say this month flew by in a haze of diminished sleeping hours, dirty nappies and baby photos, combined with marathon social media training sessions and juggling projects. It feels great to be back working, but I'm also feeling very blessed to have the flexibility to work from home and help out with the little guy. I'm currently sitting at my desk putting together this recap with Francis strapped in to one of those baby carriers that looks like a front loaded parachute. This month has been really exciting so 'strap-in' and let's get down to business.
Laura is a finalist!
We all know she's was amazing already, but Santander Universities has named Laura as one of their 15 finalists for their Student Impact Awards for the work she's done with 448 Studio over the summer as an intern. The ceremony takes place in London in December, so let's send our positive vibes her way! If you still aren't convinced, she had to submit a video explaining what she did over the summer - which I've conveniently linked to below (she's going to kill me for this).
Adam Smith Business School
Had a lovely morning working with undergrad business school marketing students talking social media strategy that they can apply to working with future clients. We also discussed the importance of developing a personal brand that follows you throughout your career.
All About Instagram
Laura and I co-hosted a morning with the University of Glasgow's School of Critical studies dedicated to learning the ins and outs of Instagram. As this platform goes from win to win the school has realised how important it is to learn as much as they can about it before integrating it into their social media strategy. It's nice to have a half day talking about one specific channel, it really allows you to deconstruct it and showcase all the functions and how to use them.
Every year the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland put on an event called 'Make it Happen Month' where they host a series of evening workshops, seminars, and events that help give their students the tools they need to succeed in the arts and creative industries. I was thrilled to be asked to take part this year! Big thumbs up to Stephanie Edwards for organising such an amazing event and to my co-host Jamie Munn from the Nevis Ensemble.
University of Salford
My first collaboration with Rob from Neon Caffeine and it was spectacular. Rob has been working with the International team at the University of Salford for the past three months helping them develop their social media strategy. They were at a point where the team was ready to begin creating content, and that's where the collaboration began. It's always lovely working alongside a genuine friend from within HE, here's to more collaborations in the future.
Work in Progress
Right after finishing up at Salford I popped over to Lancaster University to host a two day social media 'bootcamp' as part of a programme called 'Work in Progress' funded by the European Regional Development Fund. It's set up to help entrepreneurs develop and scale their ideas and business. It was a packed house with 25 people in attendance. I put together a little video to showcase what I did at both Salford and Lancaster.
The Personal Stuff
Mum and Dad came to visit Francis this month and it was so great having them here to help. They looked VERY at home here in Scotland...
Here's what December has in store
2020 planning meeting with Carla from Lancaster University
Implementation and wrap up Cardiff Universities Social Media Strategy
Hosting three days of social media workshops for the staff of Cardiff University
Cheer on Laura to win the Student Impact Award
Enjoy a nice Christmas break while planning for the year to come and refreshing my social media curriculum