18 students have joined Libraries, Museums & Galleries (LMG), as part of the new Student Opportunities Programme. The Student Partners will work throughout the 2023/24 academic year with the University’s internationally significant collections, and expert staff to bring new perspectives, develop their skills, and deliver a series of student-led projects.
This is the first year of the programme, which provides paid-work and invaluable experience, structured around their studies. Interest in the roles exceeded our expectations with over 330 applications received in three weeks. The successful students have been matched with subject specialists as ‘Project Sponsors’, based on their interests and skillset. The projects span themes including:
- Decolonising University collections
- Local school engagement
- User Experience and Digital Marketing
- Curatorial Assistance
- Exhibition photography
The Student Partners also achieve HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report) accreditation upon completion.
Our student partners are: Andrew Lawler; Alisha Staines; Belle Hall; David Souza Branco; Emmanuel Gyamfi; Fern Gleeson; Harriet Byford; Helen Peet; Katya Mulyk; Leean Mandari; Leena Mohamed; Matt Clegg; Max Ryding; Neil Drew Lopez; Natasha Blakeman; Patricia Indico; Sufya Zaidani and Val Capewell.
Reaction from Libraries, Museums and Galleries
Student Opportunities Manager, Kira Cox, said: “We’re over the moon to be welcoming 18 University of Liverpool students to the Libraries, Museums and Galleries department as our first cohort of LMG Student Partners! We know this new programme will provide a unique insight into the information and heritage sector and will enable these students to develop some much sought-after transferable skills in support of their academic, personal, and future success.”
Director of Libraries, Museums & Galleries, Dr Matt Greenhall, said: “We are delighted to welcome our first Student Partner cohort to Libraries, Museums and Galleries. The programme represents a fantastic opportunity, not only for our Students Partners, but for Libraries, Museums and Galleries to learn from them. As fellow colleagues, this cohort will bring new perspectives around the University’s unique collections, spaces and services. They will bring fresh insight and knowledge, whilst developing their skills, confidence and experience across a wide range of professional areas. It’s been a pleasure to meet them in their first week and to already work alongside them as colleagues. Having started my own career in a similar role as an undergraduate at university, I look forward to seeing their progress and development as valued members of Libraries, Museums and Galleries.”
The Student Partners will be working on student-led, accessible content. Be sure to follow @LivUniLibrary on Instagram and TikTok to keep up to date!