Rachel's Profile

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PERSONAL PROFILE Seeking a fast-paced and highly energised role, a role that would bring a different working day everyday, throw challenges at me from every angle. Very hard working, committed and loyal, as evidenced from my 5 ½ year career at University of the Arts London (UAL), developing my skills through various roles, alongside outside personal interests including my own clothing label sunny wellington, studying an MA in Design Management part-time and freelance research work for various Copyright legal cases. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (Secondment) Project Manager, University of the Arts London (UAL), May 11-November 11 Seconded into the Research Student Section to recover the service which had been failing for a year after the full team of staff all had issues with long-term sickness. Identifying problems, prioritising, delegating to other team members and winning back confidence of key stakeholders: partner colleges, internal staff, 200 research students, 100+ applicants, internal and external academics/supervisors/examiners. Implementing procedures and practices for the next academic year to improve the service and ensure that the service will not run into these issues again. Training 2 members of the new student team. Extra duties included: updating the Research Degree web pages and on the Modest Fashion/Mediating Modesty project at LCF, promoting UAL research events. KEY ACHIEVEMENTS - RNUAL – Coordinated the 2011-12 intensive teaching programme for the research students across UAL, University of Falmouth, The Arts University College at Bournemouth and Norwich University College of Arts, which runs over 3 intensive weeks and for weekly seminars during term time. - Secretary for the University Research Degrees Committee and 2 college sub degrees committees. - Key contact for London College of Communication and London College of Fashion students. Key contact for all new UAL students and Research students that had recently submitted their thesis, coordinating Viva Voces. - Restructuring and rebuilding the Research Degrees webpages and Student Profiles across the UAL website and the College Research Degree pages. sunny wellington 2004 – present day sunny wellington is my own design label, I design, make, promote and sell clothing and homeware. Established this in 2004 and have been running it alongside my full time job ever since, stocked in 5 stores around the UK and traded at shows and markets. Freelance Researcher 2006 – present day I carry out research work in the LCF archives and libraries and online for a number of international solicitors, gathering evidence for copyright cases, such as photos/sketches to a required specification. The cases involved companies including Levi Strauss and Bench. Communications Coordinator (Research), University of the Arts London (UAL) July 10-present day Worked within the Central Research at UAL in the Communications Section. Promoting all research events throughout UAL, leading in development and maintenance of the UAL and 6 College Research websites, coordinating the REF submission for UAL. KEY ACHIEVEMENTS - In September 2010, I was asked to try to realign the ‘looks’ of all 6 College Research sites. This project had been started many times but had never been successful because of clashing personalities, ideas, bad relations and loss of confidence. Through my well-developed networking and negotiating skills essential for building bridges between an often diverse range of interested parties, I started to implement some changes which were received so positively that key people were open to more change. The next step was bringing key users together for a card-sorting exercise to reorganize all Research content on the website. This exercise was quite overwhelming at first with over 500 pages to reorganize, but with my calm, organised and methodical approach to devising and implementing projects, I was able to introduce the exercise in a positive way and achieve results to move forward with. - Organised management of people: In October 2010, LCF held the Fashion Media Conference 2010, a 2-day event with over 120 paying delegates on both days. With only 2 months to organize the whole event, I managed the ticket office, delegates, technicians, reception and facilities staff to organize a well-attended and greatly successful event. Research Student Administrator, London College of Fashion, UAL Sept 07-July 10 Administration for 35 PhD students. Project management, marketing and promotion of all Research events held at LCF, a conversation series (3 per term), away days, student conferences, symposium, lectures. Website editor. KEY ACHIEVEMENTS - When I took over the role of Research Student Administrator prospective and current students lacked a key contact at the College, through my excellent customer service, initiated by inviting prospective students in to meet me and look around the College, helping with their applications for funding and having drop-in hours for current students with problems. Using brand promotion skills I have developed through study and work experience I promoted PhDs and studentship opportunities at LCF to targeted audiences that helped student recruitment double in my first year and triple in my second year. - Committed, brand loyal and hardworking: As project manager of the LCF series of conversations I grew the audience from an average of 15 to 120 over a couple of months through a digital marketing campaign. The series attracted internal & external staff/students and the wider fashion/art & design community. This also developed the research community within the College and led to more collaboration between staff and students, which led to more research projects, successful funding applications and research events. - Drawing out maximum creativity when solving problems: After developing the Research web pages at LCF into highly informative, image heavy pages I realised the staff profiles had so much information on them they were difficult for the user to read and navigate. I researched other Art and Design institution research profiles and developed a new template alongside the Web Coordinator. This layout has now been adopted across all 6 Colleges, which is a great achievement as they all have different brands, personalities and needs, which can be difficult to manage when trying to bring them together under the UAL brand. Admin Assistant, Research Office, London College of Fashion, UAL May 06-Sept 07 Website editor, Editorial assistant for all LCF research publications, RAE 2008 submission coordinator. KEY ACHIEVEMENTS - Gathered evidence and supporting statements from researchers working over 5 sites across London, interviewed members of staff about their research outputs to create a solid submission for the RAE 2008. - Started as editorial assistant for the Research Publications, I encouraged more research staff and students to contribute to the publications and made the production more streamlined in the first year of my post, because of my hardwork and self initiative I was promoted to Sole Editor. Res. Degrees & Educational Studies Admin, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford Aug 05-May 06 Administration of 120 PhD students based in Israel, 30 UK Research students and 50 UK undergraduate students. Editor of the research newsletter and coordinator of small research events. KEY ACHIEVEMENTS - Re-established good working relationships with agents and students based in Israel through reliable contact and efficient, friendly customer service. - Reorganised the paperwork for over 150 International Research students dating back over 10 years. EDUCATION PRINCE2® Foundation and Practitioner: Pentagon Training, London, 2010 MA Design Management for the Fashion Industries: London College of Fashion, 2009 Modules included: Design Compliance: Intellectual Property, IT & Design Management strategies for e-commerce, Corporate Social Responsibility and ethical perspectives in fashion; Creativity, Innovation and Product Development: the practice of innovation and creative problem solving, theories of risk analysis in product research and development; Managing Fashion Projects: traditional project management skills in a fashion context; Fashion Brand Marketing: the design, development and marketing strategies of diverse fashion brands; Marketing Communications: new and old media ways of communicating fashion brands to different consumer target groups. Final thesis: The use of online social networks to develop communities with shared interest. City and Guilds, Certificate in Delivering Learning: Warley Community College, 2007 FIRST CLASS BA (Hons) Fashion Design, Womenswear; Manufacture, Marketing and Promotion: University of Huddersfield, 2000 – 2004 Modules included: Sample Development, Fashion Design/Visual Studies, Fashion Culture and Marketing, Modernism and Material Culture, Fashion Marketing Research and Promotion, Clothing/Fashion Manufacture, Year 3 sandwich, Work Placement, Major Honours Collection. Final thesis: Establishing an eco-friendly label sourced from recycled and vintage fabrics, being sold in an independent Leeds-based boutique View my contact details, availability, and stats.

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