Info Comms Students Shine a Light on End of Year Projects

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Students gathered around poster exhibitions

By Sam Green 

Information and Communication students displayed their final projects of the year this week in the atrium of the Geoffrey Manton Building at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).

Group of students from team KTY gathered around their poster

Natelle Williams, Henry Branston, Emilie Raschid, and Michael Stubbs of team KTY

The exhibition showcased second year projects aimed at informing and communicating key information to new students coming to the city to study. The unit provided the students involved with experience in project management, research, design and product development skills.

“The aim of our project was to provide first year students with a quick guide to Manchester. But it can be used by all students.” said Michael Stubbs, Project leader of team KTY. “There are over 90,000 students in Manchester so there’s definitely a market for this.”

Group of students from team Synergy gathered around their poster

Joshua Todd, Jacob Schofield, Janzaib Ali, Farhan Akbar (not pictured) of team Synergy

One of the projects, led by Janzaib Ali focussed on international student experience. “We had an eleven week programme and we’ve created an international student website, a guide to living in Manchester. The top three areas we identified from our research are that they want to find out about excursions, food and accommodation. With over 10,000 international students in Manchester we thought it would be a good project to aim for.”

Group of students from team KTY gathered around their poster

Alex Methley, Jamal Hussain, Charnell Wilson, Sumin Chen, Patrick Mcdermott of team Risky Business

Alex Methley of team Risky Business described his project, “We all thought ‘What if there was a source that had given us this information before we’d arrived,’ and it’s nice to give a few insider tips to first years before they arrive.

“I think the final result is really nice. Obviously this is the first thing we’ve done of this magnitude so we’ve learned a lot of tips about how to make future projects successful, but overall we’re really pleased with the results.”

The rest of the teams exhibiting displayed similar sentiments, and it was obvious the work that had gone into the research, web design and production of the materials.

Students gathered around poster exhibitions

Often, group projects are the bane of student’s lives, but it seems here that all the teams had worked well together to produce high quality communication materials for their course.

I left the exhibition as their tutors began to do the rounds, assessing their work and portfolios. From the look of the exhibition, and speaking with the students themselves, I don’t think they had much to worry about.

Sam Green studies French and Linguistics at MMU and when not writing for Humanity Hallows is planning his next trip to Europe.

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