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January 31, 2013

All we need is One World Week vision

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Coconut shell with straws on beach

When the temperature outside has barely been above zero in weeks, your nearest international airport is only ten miles away and you can easily contact alumni in more than 50 countries, it is tempting to consider picking up a round-the-world-flight, packing a bag and deciding on which beach to rock up on first.

But, if a limited budget, deadlines (be they course or work related) or a fear of flying prevent you from boarding a plane and then slapping on the sunscreen, fear not, for while you are unable to visit the world, the world is more than happy to come, in a manner of speaking, to Warwick.

One World Week is one of the largest international student arts festivals in the world and this is down to the University of Warwick having a diverse, willing and talented student body. The week-long festival, which is currently taking place on campus, aims to “stimulate personal development and inspire a view based on acceptance and appreciation of the world's mosaic of cultures, encouraging awareness of and positive action on issues which affect our one world.” When you look at the schedule of events on offer, there is definitely a variety of ways in which Warwick’s students can be inspired – from the intellectual evening forums to the visual and sensory overload that comes from the closing Carnival on Saturday. It’s clear that a lot of work goes into organising the festival and I hope those behind One World Week get the chance to enjoy the fruits of their labours as much as the rest of us on campus.

One World Week is also one of the many events held at Warwick that make use of the University’s international connections and bring a global perspective onto the campus. Experts in various fields come for One World Week to take part in panel discussions and evening events. Among those offering their insight this year are Tony Barber, Europe editor and associate editor of the Financial Times and Bill Thompson, technology critic for the BBC. We’ll be interviewing Bill this evening, discussing net neutrality and his view of the ‘perfect internet’ and covering Tony’s contributions to a panel discussion on the future of the European Union.

Bill Thompson BBC technology critic

Bill Thompson, BBC technology critic [Image c/o Wikimedia Commons]

Tony Barber Financial Times

Tony Barber, Europe editor and associate editor of the Financial Times [Image c/o]

Whilst you wait for those articles to appear on the Knowledge Centre, here’s a few photos of events so far.

Game of Carrom Karrom at University of Warwick Students Union during One world week 2013

Roll a D6: Students enjoy a game of carrom on campus

A flavour of New Orleans at One World Week 2013 University of Warwick students union

Geaux Tigers: The gumbo flavour of Louisiana comes to Warwick

Henna tattoo at One World Week 2013 University of Warwick students union

Henna tattooist are on hand to show off their work

beating of bongo drums at one world week 2013 University of Warwick Students Union

He bangs the drum: musicians are on hand to bring an audible element to One World Week

View of the crowds in Roots Building at One World Week 2013 University of Warwick Students Union

Crowd sourcing: The Students' Union main space is turned into an international concourse for the week

January 24, 2013

Winter Graduation: Everybody's Free (to wear hats and gloves)

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Suit up Graduates at the University of Warwick
Suit up: BSc students graduating in 2008.

Graduation is as much about reflection as it is a point to embark upon your chosen career. My start to university life, in 1999, happened in a fairly good year:

  • The first new Star Wars film in 16 years had just been released
  • the Millennium (not Falcon) celebrations were only a few months away (and we really did party like it was 1999)
  • and Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)’ had recently done well on the ‘hit parade’.

The song, for those of you unfamiliar with it, is a spoken word essay, by the film director, to the "ladies and gentlemen of the Class of '99.” It would be a few years before I graduated but some of Luhrmann’s advice has stuck with me to this day, especially his words on sunscreen.

I’m not a Warwick alumnus but I’ve several friends who graduated from the University of Warwick so I asked them (and alumni on LinkedIn) what knowledge, like Baz, they would like to impart on the ‘ladies and gentleman of the Class of 2013’. Here’s what they had to say:

Luda Begley née Anestiadi, writer and freelance translator, San Antonio, Texas. Luda completed a master's degree in Creative Writing with distinction, Warwick Writing Programme (2008-2009).

“Once you leave our dear bubble, don't lose that spirit, motivation and enthusiasm you began your studies with. Always remember why you came to Warwick in the first place and follow that goal. And once the ceremony is over, go give a hearty hug to your tutors; trust me, the more time passes after you graduate, the more you realise how much they deserved it!”

Richard Casey, Director, Chapter 1 Executive Recruitment. Richard studied Chemistry (1983 – 1986).

“My advice would be for those candidates heading into industry (non-academia) to get a good grounding with a big organisation first. You can easily head out to a smaller firm later in life but it's very difficult to head the other way. Also, unless you are absolutely passionate about it, think carefully about the rush for investment banking: the salaries are normalising somewhat and those who work there regard it as less fun than it was even ten years ago.”

Jonathan Goggs, Alumni Engagement Intern at the University of Warwick. Jonathan graduated with a First Class BA (Hons) in Politics with International Studies (2012).

“In this job market, I'm reminded of that classic quote from the Simpsons to sum up graduation: “Freedom! Horrible, horrible freedom!

“My advice to those following non-conventional career paths would be brand yourself, find your specialism, and work your way towards making yourself indispensable at your organisation. And don't be dispirited!”

Andrew Steel, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Veritas Traducción y Comunicación, S.L. MBA, DipTransIoLET, BA (Hons), MCIL, MITI. Madrid Area, Spain. Andrew graduated with a BA (Hons) in Film and literature (1990-1993).

“Become a master of principles, not policy. Act on principles, not policy. Live by principles, not policy.” (Quoting author Jeffrey Gitomer).

Ian Cotgias, ESG and Other Risk Capital Manager at Friends Life Group. Ian studied MORSE: Mathematics, Operations Research, Statistics and Economics (1988 – 1991).

“Listen and learn from your colleagues in whatever path you choose to follow. Also, be proactive and take responsibility for [yourself]. I say this because graduates can be distinguished by those that expect everything to be done to them without input from themselves (i.e. training, communication, promotion) - they are often the least happy in their jobs. Then there are those that arrange to have coffee with senior members of the organisation and work to understand what's going on, where they can fit in and this allows them to build a picture of what they want to do. You'll be surprised how approachable seemingly unapproachable colleagues can be and how much of a leg up that can give you.”

Good luck to you all, wherever you choose to go and whatever you choose to do…and trust Baz on the sunscreen.

May 18, 2011

Alumni Knowledge Exchange

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Once you graduate, the learning doesn't stop - Alumni Knowledge Exchange day is an opportunity for Warwick graduates, along with their friends and family, to return to campus for a programme of exciting and interactive talks, discussions, workshops and entertainment. This event will share and discuss world-class thinking from the University and our wider community.

The event takes place this Saturday 21st May, and the Knowledge Centre team will be there to meet attendees, to video many of the talks and to interview some of the speakers. If you plan on coming along, we’d love to hear what you think of it.

The event takes the form of talks, workshops and panel discussions. ‘You, Your University, Your World’ is a series of 45-minute discussions that tackle global topics. The panellists comprise leading academics from the University, business leaders and alumni, such as Rob Grimshaw (’s Managing Director) who is at the cutting-edge of the debate about internet paywalls, and Jon Teckman, former Chief Executive of the British Film Institute (BFI). The themes under discussion include:

  • Wellbeing at Work
  • Building Success Beyond Recession
  • Can We Be Green And Profitable? 
  • How Can the Arts Improve Our Lives?

Meanwhile, the alumni speakers series features presentations from a diverse range of Warwick graduates, all of them leading voices in their professions. Immerse yourself in talks by (among others) Heather Brooke: an award-winning writer, journalist and activist whose work led to the exposure of MPs’ expenses; Jo Hemmings: a behavioural psychologist who specialises in celebrity behaviour; and Sarah Haywood: a respected wedding designer, coordinator and media spokesperson on bridal matters. There will also be a panel featuring various Warwick alumni working in children's literature, including Helen Thomas: Fiction Editor at Scholastic Children’s Books.

If you're coming to the Alumni Knowledge Exchange on Saturday, let us know! Look out for the Knowledge Centre team in Warwick Arts Centre and we look forward to talking to you!

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