Co-Creation Through Student Partnership – In Person!
On the 30th of May, IUA-EDTL interns finally got the meet in person, at an event held in The Sugar Club in Dublin. Past and present interns, university project leads and guests outside of the project were all in attendance to discuss co-creation through student partnership.
After years of Zoom meetings, and growing increasingly familiar with each other’s office or bedroom set up, IUA/EDTL staff and EDTL interns finally had the opportunity to meet in-person at the first post-COVID event. Organised entirely by interns, led by Fernandos Ongolly and Míde Níc Fhionnlaoich. Those in attendance were provided with complimentary tea, coffee and sandwiches as well as a selection of IUA branded goodies including water bottles and USB flash drives!
Held in the Sugar Club in Dublin City Centre, EDTL interns of years past and present as well as project leads were all present. Invitations were also sent out to members of NStEP, the National Forum and Student Union reps from each university. The entire day was a huge success, starting out with plenty of chatting and catching up face-to-face for the first time for many, Ongolly ensured that all in attendance were kept smiling, taking on the role of MC for the day. After plenty of icebreakers, including some sing-alongs and dancing, proceedings began with a presentation on the IUA-EDTL internship model from project lead Sharon Flynn.
The day was filled with presentations from the National Forum, NStEP, Euraxess as well as from our own UCC EDTL intern Stephen O’Riordan who discussed the roles and responsibilities of Student Unions in Ireland.
To end the day, both interns and guests were invited to take part in a collaborative art project, ‘Partnering in Colours’ in which all guests took turns painting a blank canvas that would symbolise the learning and teaching environment.
It was a great way to commemorate the collaborative effort made by all involved and associated with the EDTL project over the last few years, and to finally have a chance to all meet without the need to log on to a laptop!
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