Volunteering – Organiser – UKC English Language and Linguistic Conference 2011, 2012

Contributor: Robyn

In 2011, I was one of three of the organisers for the Second UKC English Language and Linguistic Conference. I got involved with the committee, as I was already involved with the department through being Course rep. The Conference was made up of presentations from students at Kent, across all year groups, and students from other universities, including Edinburgh, Nottingham Trent, and Chichester. We also had Professor Jean Aitchison as our Keynote speaker, who did a talk on ‘English Today’. My main duties in the run up to the conference, were advertising and co-ordinating. On the day, I was able to make sure things ran smoothly. The conference was successful, and as a result we were able to acquire funding for a third conference.

In 2012, I was one of a larger group of organisers, where my main duties were to distribute tasks, and promote the conference to a larger audience than previously. We were able to get two Keynote speakers, Professor Maggie Tallerman and Professor Martin Conboy. The good thing about organising a conference is that it gives you the chance to get experience in events planning, whilst it being an event that you are interested in. It gives you the chance to interact with students from other universities, and learn about things which you may not have studied. The bad thing about running a conference, is that it was hard getting people involved so close to exam term, as a lot of people are preoccupied with revision, and it can be difficult to balance the workload yourself. For anyone thinking about being involved in the organisation of a student conference, I would definitely recommend it. It’s a great way to build on organisational skills, as long as you know what responsibilities you can take on.

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