QConsult Community: where groups of QMUL students take on strategic projects in the charity sector.

Are you interested in working on a unique project that will not only change lives, but
enrich your career prospects?

Developed from QMUL’s award-winning QProject programme, QConsult Community is an excellent opportunity to develop key skills in a real-life setting. Successful candidates will consult on a project within a not-for-profit organisation in our local, East London community.27157443600_99340d162c_o

Working in groups of 3-5, students will be given the opportunity to work with professionals in the voluntary sector, acquiring the essential skills that employers are want to see. It’ll be up to you and your team to provide solutions to the needs of the charity you’re consulting on.

So, if you…

-Are looking to put your academic work into practice
-Would like professional training in project management and consultancy
-Are keen to maximise your work experience during your degree

… then QConsult Community could be exactly what you’re looking for. Students from all subjects and years of study are encouraged to apply. For more information, see our website.

QProjects: Meaningful work experience in the charity sector

The great American writer and philosopher Elbert Hubbard once said, ‘the best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today’.

In this day and age it seems his statement remains just as apt; the headlines and the employers continually stress upon us the importance of being as ‘job ready’ and ‘employable’ as possible upon graduation. And they tell us a crucial part of this lies in getting some work experience under our belts before our University days are out.

Sensible, indeed, but perhaps easier said than done. It’s not like we’re short of things to fill our days; lectures, reading, societies, essays, sports, more reading, socialising. Possibly also a few shifts at the local Sainsbury’s to keep us out of the red.

But how the heck does one manage to undertake work experience on top of all of this?

Introducing QProjects; challenging, meaningful and time-efficient work experience placements in local and national charities.

At 8 hours per week over 3 months, QProjects are designed to fit snugly around your studies. You’ll bag yourself an impressive piece of professional experience to boast about on your CV and get that all important ‘employability’ factor, without having to sacrifice your grades or your social life.

Moreover, it’s the chance to break out of the QMUL bubble for a few hours a week and put your highly valuable skills and expertise into practice to help the local community. Now, future employers will be impressed by that, surely.

In the last academic year, we placed 51 students into 30 different charities (mostly in East London), including MIND, Cystic Fibrosis Trust and NSPCC. Past QProject leaders have led marketing campaigns for museums, run focus groups with NHS patients, secured thousands of pounds of funding for small charities through writing bids and planned and delivered arts festivals. And many more.

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Charity fundraising – more than just shaking a bucket

It might surprise you but there’s actually a lot more to charity fundraising than you may think, and the term describes a wide range of incredibly important roles in charitable organisations.

So what roles are available?

A typical fundraising team might be made up of the following:

Community fundraising – This team works with a range of individuals, groups and organisations in the community, encouraging them to raise funds in their local area. This could include schools, places of worship, small businesses and local groups. A Community Fundraiser builds networks and relationships to increase the profile of the charity, whilst raising vital funds.

Corporate fundraising – Corporate fundraisers work with large national and often international companies to raise large sums of money for their charity. This is often in the form of ‘charity of the year’ partnerships and, depending on the size of the charity, these pots of money can be anything from hundreds up to £1million+. These roles involve

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QProjects helped me find my calling

September 2014. The start of my final year as a French and Linguistics student at QMUL. After spending the first three years of my degree blissfully ignoring the fact that I’d eventually have to graduate and get a job, panic set in – I had no post-graduation career plans. Although I’d known for a while that the charity sector was where I wanted my career to lead, I hadn’t given it much thought beyond that.

And so after three years at QMUL, I finally made contact with the Careers Centre. A word of advice – make the most of the Careers Centre, they are there to help! They are amazing and if it wasn’t for them I probably wouldn’t have a job right now. The first step was to update my CV which I had been neglecting for years. After drafting my standard CV, the Careers Centre checked through it to make sure it was up to scratch. Invaluable help. If you’re anything like me and find writing CVs painful, every time you do something that would look good on your CV, update it.

To help boost my CV, the Careers Centre recommended I take part in QProjects – a work experience scheme giving QMUL students and graduates the opportunity to work with a charitable organization. You can find out about new QProjects placements by signing up to receive email alerts. Do it now, it takes seconds.

My first thought was how will I have time to work and study? Final year is going to be stressful enough…can I really find the time to work at the same time? But that’s one of the great things about QProjects – the hours are flexible and placements are designed to fit in with your uni timetable. Perfect.

At first, I was worried I wouldn’t find anything to apply for. But a few weeks later I received an email about a QProjects placement with the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) – the charity that supports and promotes Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) in the UK.

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Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January) is a day for everyone to remember the millions murdered in the Holocaust under Nazi Persecution and in Genocides in Rwanda, Bosnia, Cambodia and Darfur. On HMD we also honour the survivors of these atrocities and challenge hatred and discrimination in society today. This placement seemed like a good fit for me. Since studying the German Occupation of France in A Level French, I’d had a keen interest in learning more about the Holocaust. I had seen the televised HMD event on the BBC earlier in the year, which was organised by HMDT, and I thought it would be an amazing opportunity to work with the team that had put on such a moving and successful commemorative event.

Aside from this interest, what really appealed to me about the placement was that the successful candidate would be working in all three teams at HMDT – Communications, Operations and Outreach – allowing the candidate to maximise experience and give them the potential to get as much as possible out of the placement.

After successfully being shortlisted for interview I was really impressed with the support provided by the Careers Centre at QMUL. I was offered a practice interview, and was sent lots of documents about how to prepare for job interviews, for which I was very grateful, having not had a formal interview before. Shortly after my interview, I received constructive and valuable interview feedback from Lindsey at QProjects who was sat on the interview panel along with two staff members from HMDT.

It’s impossible to tell how interviews go. But I was thrilled when I got the call to say I’d been offered the placement which would be shared with a fellow QMUL final year student. QProjects placements are designed to prepare students for the working world. It is excellent practice for writing job applications, tailoring your CV (very important!) and preparing for interviews – invaluable experience.

Right from the start of the placement at HMDT I was impressed with how organised it was. I was invited to an induction day in April (2 months before the placement was due to begin) where I was shown a work plan. It was inspiring and varied with lots of opportunities to develop a wide range of skills – perfect for someone who wasn’t sure what kind of job they wanted to do. Working at HMDT reinforced my desire to work in the charity sector and helped me gain experience in an office environment and develop a number of useful skills.

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The staff at HMDT were very welcoming and it didn’t take long before I felt like one of the team. I was given a wide variety of tasks ranging from writing social media content to researching and writing educational resources, which are being used as part of the HMD 2016 campaign – a fantastic opportunity.

About a month into the placement, HMDT started recruiting for a Team Assistant to provide admin support to the staff team. I had enjoyed my time as volunteer at QProjects and over such a short period of time I had a gained and developed a variety of skills, some of which featured on the person specification for the Team Assistant role…handy eh?! I didn’t want to leave HMDT, I really believed in their work and the HMD 2016 campaign. There was nothing to lose. So I just applied.

Eventually, my application was shortlisted and after walking out of the interview thinking I had completely messed it up, I was delighted when I received a call a few days later offering me the job. I’ve now been working full time at HMDT for over 3 months and I’ve enjoyed every aspect of it. My main responsibilities include answering the phone, managing the enquiries email inbox, and for the next few months preparing for HMD 2016. Some may question how it can take a whole year to prepare for this one day of commemoration but the work that goes into it from the whole staff team is unbelievable. I’m so glad to be part of the team that is supporting and promoting HMD.

The theme for HMD 2016 is Don’t Stand By and with the issue of how to respond to those fleeing persecution at the forefront of our minds, it is inspiring to learn more about and remember those who didn’t stand by and took action to help those in need. Don’t Stand By encourages us to consider our individual responsibilities not to be bystanders to hate crime and prejudice, nor to international threats of genocide.

I am really very grateful for the help, support and opportunity I got from QProjects and I encourage all QMUL students to take part and become a Project Leader. If your experience is anything like mine was, you won’t regret it.

 

Opportunity Knocks! QInterns, QProjects & QTemps

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QPROJECTS

School of Hard Knocks (SOHK) is a ground breaking charity that uses sport and other challenging activities to teach life-changing values and lessons. These enable participants to take positive and definite steps towards employment or further education. Their courses also powerfully address issues of physical and emotional health, anti-social behaviour, crime and citizenship.

SOHK is looking to recruit an enthusiastic Graphic Design Lead to work alongside the marketing team to create content for publicity and communications, both for specific projects and on an ad-hoc basis.

Bow Food Bank is offering a unique and exciting opportunity for two Queen Mary students to join the team and review its strategic operations. You’ll research other Food Bank models nationally, review current operations, talk to the various volunteers and students involved and get input from the Management Committee, all with a view to developing a model of best practice and publishing this into a step-by-step guide by which the Food Bank can operate. This is a challenging and rewarding role in a rapidly-growing charity. To succeed in this role, you’ll be a self-starter, a strategic thinker and committed to the Food Bank’s aims to support vulnerable local people.


QTEMPS

Recruitment is open for an IT Service Desk Analyst working at a genetics company near Barbican. Pay is £14.00 per hour lasting approximately 3 months with the possibility of going permanent. The role is full time and is preferable to Queen Mary Graduates.

This is a position that requires a broad understanding of IT Hardware and Software but more importantly is a willingness to learn. The post holder must be an effective self-starter able to work on own initiative to tight deadlines.


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Project Assistant, Spark the Difference

Spark the Difference is a new programme to help people feel better about healthcare. We are looking to recruit an Intern to deliver a small scale project in our ‘Inspire’ and/or ‘Support’ programmes, reporting directly to the Company Director.

The placement will run for 3 months – 1 – 2 days a week – starting in November. Pay is £9.15 per hour.

Opportunity Knocks! QProjects, QInterns & QTemps

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Finance Project Leader, Stratford Circus

Dynamic contemporary Performing Arts Venue, Stratford Circus, is recruiting for a Finance Project Leader to help out with a range of administrative duties.

This is an excellent opportunity for those interested in a career in the arts or finance, looking to build their CV with some hands-on administrative experience.

Two QProjects available at Providence Row

Providence Row Housing Association (PRHA) is a small, specialist housing association that focuses their attention on the East End of London, in particular Tower Hamlets, Hackney and the City. They help people who are homeless (or at risk of becoming homeless) to help themselves through a wide range of residential and non-residential services.

Providence Row is looking for a Data and Performance Project Leader and a Social Media Project Leader. If you have a knack for data, a knowledge for social media, or even if you’re just interested in a third-sector career, this is the QProject for you.


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Personal Assistant / Executive Assistant

We are recruiting for an Executive Assistant for the Principal’s office working full time Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm for at least 3 months. Pay is £17.39 per hour.

Based in the Office of the Principal at Queen Mary University of London, the Executive Assistant will provide high-level and comprehensive secretarial and administrative support. This role is open to Queen Mary post graduates only.

Biospecimens Assistant

Recruitment is open at The Wolfson Institute for one organised and methodical person to assist in biospecimens operations.

Responsilbiities will include sample sorting, storage, selection and retrieval and help with database maintenance.

The post is full time starting on 2nd November and ending on the 18th December. Pay is £10 per hour.

Part Time Marketing Assistant

Recruitment is open for a part time marketing assistant working two days a week in the School of Law and Centre for Commercial Law Studies.

The pay is £14.10 per hour and the working days should be taken at the same time every week, the hiring manager is flexible so the candidate can choose which two days. Starting ASAP for at least 2 months.

This role is open to Queen Mary students and graduates only.


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Earth Observation Data Analyst, Graduate Internship

The SCISYS Group is a leading developer of software and related services. Through building successful and long-term partnerships they serve a broad range of customers spanning the media broadcast, space, government, defence and commercial sectors.

SCISYS Group would like to take on one to two graduate level interns for a full-time and paid duration spanning 4-6 months in our Bristol office to start as soon as possible. The activities in the internship include data processing, data visualisation, verification and validation of the obtained information and reporting formats and structures.
Project Assistant, Spark the Difference

Spark the Difference is a new programme that creates a place for inspiration, support and doing, to help people feel better about healthcare. They are looking to recruit an Intern to deliver a small scale project in their ‘Inspire’ and/or ‘Support’ programmes, reporting directly to the company Director.

The placement will run for 3 months – 1 – 2 days a week – starting in November.

Opportunity Knocks! QInterns, QTemps & QProjects

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Participation and Insights Project Lead at Mind

Mind’s equality improvement team is looking for a Project Leader to support the delivery of events and to lead on the collection and analysis of participants’ feedback, experiences and insights.

As Participation & Insights Project Lead you will play a crucial role in ensuring Mind can do this effectively and to the highest standards.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 7th October at 5pm.

APPLY HERE

Range of QProjects available at Cystic Fibrosis Trust

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is the only UK-wide national charity making a daily difference to the lives of people with cystic fibrosis, and those who care for them. They fund research to treat and one day beat cystic fibrosis, work to drive up standards of clinical care and offer support for everyone affected by cystic fibrosis.

There are a number of QProject roles available, from Media to Strategic Partnerships to Finance. For a list of roles and job descriptions, please click here.


 

QTEMPS

PA/Office Assistant

Recruitment is open for a PA/Office Assistant for a Life Science company based in Barbican. The company is part of a government lead project currently doing research into rare diseases and cancers.

Pay is £30,000-£35,000 per annum dependent on experience, working 35 hours per week Monday to Friday, 9:00 – 5:30. The role would be fixed term until the end of 2017.

Preferable applicants will be Queen Mary Graduates.

APPLY HERE


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QINTERNS

Business Liaison and Marketing Intern

We are looking to recruit a Business Liaison and Marketing intern for our friendly and popular co-working spaces in east London: Winkley Studios and Cooks Yard.

This would be a really valuable professional experience for someone interested in the world of start-ups, co-working and social media.

This internship opportunity is 10-12 hours per week (hours will be flexible to work alongside your studies and the needs of the business) paying £9.15 per hour.

APPLY HERE