In best meercat voice:
SIMPLES! All you need to do is become a student and sign up to social networking site Studyvox.co.uk.
As the lovely lady is the site patron you too could wind up having a cheque or a music award passed into your sweaty grasp – it happened to me; it could happen to you.
This time around there were 3 things each of the winners of the inaugural bursary awards had in common:
- we were all students
- we were all female
- we all thought this was some kind of a hoax or scam.
I kid you not, I mean; C’mon! Kylie Minogue handing out cash for nothing more than signing up to a social networking site?
It sounded insane! So much so that Stef and I even organised a house sitter ‘just in case’ while we travelled down to the event.. *blushes* paranoid much?
It’s taken me a while to recover from the exertion of travelling and being sociable which is why the date of the cheque is 25th of February but this blog post is happening in March – the joys of living with ME/CFS I’m afraid ( but this was an event that was definitely worth the health fall-out!)
Both Stef and I have been converted to the view of the studyvoxfoundation crew, we really want them to make of the studyvox.co.uk site everything they dream of. The people behind the charity are wonderful, caring passionate people not lacking in intelligence and their ideas are ambitious; they want to take on every big social networking site out there and as Kev the CEO put it “we want to take everything they’ve got horribly wrong and do it RIGHT!”
They want to create an online home for students, a place where;
- their profiles will not be held up out of context during a job interview as evidence of lying and debauchery
- they have representation and help with social needs (things supposedly catered for by the NUS)
- where they can talk freely about their courses and the towns in which they live
- a marketplace for them to sell anything from textbooks to clothes and furniture
- a one-stop shop for all their financial needs and concerns
- somewhere safe to upload their music, imagery and video footage
In short they are taking on Facebook, myspace, MP3unsigned, Youtube, directgov and any other site you can think of that can hold some kind of benefit to students.
It’s audacious, it’s ambitious, it’s totally nuts – but they are so passionate about their vision that you cannot help but be swept along by it.
The bursary awards are to be a regular thing, any student who signs up to StudyVox is in with a chance of winning – it’s definitely on the up and up, it’s legit and I have the pictures to prove it. If you don’t believe me then just look at some of the news coverage of the event on the BBC and in the Telegraph and obviously the foundations own news site the StudyVox echo (I have several times just to remind myself that I didn’t dream the whole thing)
They want to ‘put their money where their mouths are’ and show in a real way that they are there to help support the student community.
At present I will admit to a lot of teething problems with the social networking website – but that is less down to the vision of the group and more to do with the company paid to do the coding and design; I think, given time and a lot of tweaking this site could well be a force to contend with, the NUS would be well advised to take note and learn a few things.