Life as an E&I Ambassador Nov 16 – Feb 17

Below is the latest update from our E&I Ambassador, Charlie Iceton!

It has been a busy couple of months with projects fully in flow.

In the time since my last update, the first Innovolvement session of this academic year, Operation: Food Waste, has happened! It was a massive success pulling a crowd of students, academics and external guests. We had two guest speakers; Gemma Morrison, Community Champion at Fratton Park Tesco Extra, who works relentlessly with the local community on many food waste reduction projects, and Harriet Parr, a Masters Graduate in Communication who worked with monitoring food waste within indigenous communities in New Zealand. In between guest speakers there were round-table discussions where attendees discussed and debated issues revolving around the food waste crisis and attempted to come up with solutions for Portsmouth.

The Team Go #tackletheproblem event has been postponed to allow more time to find suitable speakers. Urban Ecosystems was hosted by the Innovolvement team recently producing another are  meaningful event here in Eldon Building – more information to follow on this exciting and popular event.

I am also excited to be assisting last year’s Enterprise & Innovation Ambassadors, Joshua Herbert and Georgia Tolley, in the planning and preparation for this year’s Fashion Hack taking place April 26th 2017. To keep updated with Innovolvement please join our Facebook group here.

Aside from Innovolvement, I have been working hard to design and create an engaging and visually appealing website to showcase E&I and all the good work undertaken. It has been a long process but is now nearing completion and I am looking forward to being able to present the final product.

I have also been helping CCI’s Media Production Manager, Toby Meredith, with the filming of the DERMA (Design Enabling Regenerative-Materials) project launch event and two adverts for the NHS concerning stockings for deep vein thrombosis and raising awareness of the condition. I have really enjoyed participating in these projects and have learnt a lot about the different shots when filming and the importance of a set plan for the day to make sure aims and objectives are achieved.

I feel that I have now found my feet within my role and I am beginning to really apply skills that I have learnt whilst working with the E&I team.