Writing Qualifications |
Scribe – Manchester Metropolitan University (2015)
Note-taker – Qualification with Access Summit for Manchester University, Manchester Metropolitan University and Salford University (2014)
Print Journalist – Post-Graduate Diploma: Cardiff University Journalism School (1999)
Work History |
Ongoing – Freelance Writer
My life-long passion with words is offered as a service here: www.nikkiwordsmith.com In a nutshell what I do is help people with anything to do with letters such as get better results in education, get that dream job with outstanding cover letters and CVs, write stories and reports, proofreading, copy-editing, blogs, newsletters, and honestly so much more. I love words. Let me at them.
Selected Clients | Nurturing Spirit Health Writer and Author | Scott Martin Productions Publisher | Andrew Brooks Photography Photographer | Salford Zine Library Writing Organisation | Sophie Tinuviel Willan Performer| Cornerhouse Arts Organisation | Rivca Rubin Communications | Dr Deborah Jump Academic | Travelling Light Circus Arts Organisation |
Ongoing – Freelance Study Facilitator
As a study coach I provide support to students who need study skills. I help in developing study strategies to result in the student becoming an independent learner through organisation, planning, editing, copy-editing, proof-reading and presentation skills. This revolves around planning a programme of support of current difficulties and areas to improve on and an assessment of what the course demands and deadlines for work. All of this is done in conjunction with the student, student’s teachers, supervisors and guidelines of their education establishment. Ultimately it all helps you develop voice, confidence, ideas and gets you better results.
In the summer of this year I got to take on the most important job in the world. The skills required for this kind of work are a mixture of everything you could ever imagine doing in the workplace and then some. You have to multi-task resource management, multiple clothing and food projects, events and activities, human development, previously unimaginable levels of stress and anxiety while carrying the torch of hope for the continuation of the human race. But oh! When those little monkey arms wrap around your tree trunk torso you never want them to let go.
2016-2014 Access Summit – Note-taker and Note-Taker Co-ordinator for Manchester University, Manchester Metropolitan University and Salford University
I loved being on the books with Access Summit because of the social remit of the organisation and the kind of work I have gotten involved with. I started as a note-taker, a brilliant little job that saw me cycling around all campuses taking notes for disabled students in all subjects. Then as the note-taker co-ordinator my job involved matching a caseload of students and scheduling their timetables to the team of support workers.
2015 – Scribe (Amanuensis) Manchester Metropolitan University
This role was to support students in exams by writing out exactly what they say to the letter. This requires a calming and reassuring presence, excellent spelling, grammar and listening skills, and forensic attention to detail. Handwriting must be neat, legible and produced at a speed of a minimum of 25 words per minute.
Staff Journalist | Newsflash Press Agency Scotland | Preston Reporter and Lancashire Evening Post | Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph
Selected Journalism Stories | Newsflash
Selected Performances | Quarantine: The Reading Room at Manchester Central Library
Selected Blogs | The Kentucky Derby | David Shrigley | Snezana Pupovic
Other Skills Picked Up Along the Way |
Writing | Journalism | Scribe | Note-taker | Blogging | Team Building | Marketing | Group Sales | Staff Management | Budget Handling | Event Management | Ticketing | Relationship Management | Customer Services | Box Office Management | Recruitment | Sales | PA and Support Work | Grade 4 Administration for Universities | Being A Parent |
I am interested in almost everything although I must say I struggle with looking after plants. I like to cycle everywhere and have a deep fascination for people, their stories, characters and lives. I’m big on family and friends and often find myself trying to communicate the complexity of the world through human interest stories. I dip in and out of doing yoga and like to walk my parent’s dog Colin. I love music, hats and being in the sun – which can prove a limited hobby when you live in Manchester. Overall the best way to describe myself is as a quietly passionate, conscientious, good-natured, empathetic and ethical person who likes to have the courage of my convictions and be as good as my word.
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