Partisan collective

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I’ve been volunteering with Manchester social centre Partisan’s Media and Print team since October 2019, and recently joined the organisation’s co-op — a smaller group of dedicated collective members who take care of the day-to-day running of Partisan, including office management, event coordination, finances and licensing issues. Most members of the co-op are volunteers, but it includes five paid part-time staff members.

I primarily support with communications tasks, like updating the website and social media, as well as bigger picture brand and identity work.

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Simon Maillet bespoke knives

Simon-Maillet-knives-Sheffield

Simon Maillet is a French bladesmith, currently based in Sheffield. I wrote some copy for his new website, which features eight prototypes for the bespoke carbon steel knives that Simon makes to order.

Designed with his core clientele in mind — working chefs — Simon’s knives are first and foremost tools, but they also make beautiful gifts for anyone who appreciates culinary things.

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New role at the Open University, in Milton Keynes

I recently took on a full time role as Communications Manager for the Open University’s Learning and Teaching Innovation portfolio. The role sees me lead on internal communications for the University’s 450-person Translation department, which oversees the procurement, development and production, and delivery of the OU’s many distance learning modules.

I also lead on the University’s National Student Survey (NSS) campaign, and supporting work in relation to increasing student satisfaction and improving the student journey — as well as internal campaigns around commercial projects, including the OU’s FutureLearn offering and the DfE-funded Bringing Learning to Life project.

The role required a relocation, and I am now based in Milton Keynes (UK), the site of the University’s physical campus.