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Work Experience: Jenade Webster-Watson

At Unicorn we are always committed to finding the next generation of talent. Here, Bournemouth University student Jenade shares her 6-week experience working as a Marketing Assistant.  

Six weeks ago I started my placement at Unicorn Training Group Ltd and it has been nothing like I ever expected. I thought I was well equipped for the real working world, being a Communications and Media undergraduate from Bournemouth University. However, my time at Unicorn has shown me that books and lectures only take you part of the way.

Unicorn staff are lovely and had a genuine interest in my career path. Everyone has smiles for miles, as if that wasn’t enough I felt so welcomed to find out the role was specially tailored to suit me. Working as an Internal Marketing Assistant was interestingly varied and advanced well from my course teachings.

Unicorn is a rapidly progressing business, this however, can impact how communications are spread, as it becomes harder to keep track of who knows what. I met with Jackie Kennedy (COO) and we thought the introduction of a quarterly internal magazine would help to keep all staff in the loop.

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Despite my nerves and reservations, Unicorn were enthusiastic and trusted me with the big responsibility of producing the first edition of the magazine- Connected +. My role was to ensure that all staff in both the Bournemouth and London branch are informed of news they may be unaware of. By featuring articles from a wide spectrum of the business, we hope Connected + will transcend the city borders to bring the Unicorn family together.

Being in a busy and dynamic environment, it was important to be flexible and adaptable especially when working around staff schedules and workloads. I spent the majority of my time working with the HR and Training Team but there was always a friendly and passionate Unicorn around the corner.

Although, Connected+ was my main focus, I was given the opportunity to take part in exciting events that I’ve never done before. Such as the UCL Airport simulation game testing (thank you Peter Phillips, Jackie Kennedy, Gemma Blackaller and Team 5!). With fresh insight into the Induction programme, I was encouraged to evaluate the current process and identify areas for improvements. During this time, Abi Pears (Marketing Manger) also encouraged me to review some of the Unicorn platforms including the website, blogs and social media footprint.

When the sunshine finally reached Bournemouth, I didn’t ever feel like I was missing out, especially with treats like these to look forward to: Hand holding a chocolate ice cream in front of a desk

Unfortunately, we hit some bumps along the way and we weren’t able to Launch the magazine during my time here but all our hard work won’t go to waste and I have no doubt that we will see the finished product sooner than you think. Don’t fear, if I have missed you out (I’m sorry!) Connected+ is ongoing project that anyone can get involved in so feel free to send Shaun Hickman a message to be a part of the Autumn Issue.

Joining Unicorn has been an instrumental part of my personal development and I only wish I had the time to meet everyone during my time here. This placement encouraged me to come out of my comfort zone and challenged my capabilities in range of topics. It has improved my confidence and developed my experience in writing and editing as well as marketing and graphic design.

Finally, I’d just like to give a big Unicorn thank you to everyone that have made my experience one to remember!

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News: International New Media Writing Prize Winner Lands Unicorn Role

250px%20logotype%5b29%5dA Bournemouth University Postgraduate will be bringing his award-winning ideas to Unicorn Training after landing a prestigious international New Media Writing Prize ahead of Learning Technologies 2016.

Shaun Hickman, 23, is set to join Unicorn on a three-month placement after his digital creation, ‘Kindred’, landed the Student Prize at the Bournemouth University-organised awards, which showcases exciting and inventive stories that integrate a variety of formats, platforms, and digital media.

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Now in its sixth year, the New Media Writing Prize encourages and promotes the best in new media writing, leading the way towards the future of the ‘written’ word and storytelling. It attracts entries from the best, most innovative writers in the field.

Unicorn, the renowned Bournemouth-based eLearning solutions company, has sponsored the Student Prize for the past few years, believing that the worlds of new media and online learning are inextricably linked. Award winner Shaun agrees.

He said: “Effective learning is all about engagement, so capturing a learner’s attention on a digital platform should always be a priority. The mobility of Apps and their prominence on multiple devices can be beneficial to a learner who wishes to learn on the go.

“However, the digital learning material provided must be engaging enough to ensure they are gaining relevant knowledge and understanding. A careful balance between enjoyable interactivity and informative insight and guidance can make learning an engaging process for learners.”

New Media Writing Prize entrants are challenged to use digital media innovatively to create an engaging, satisfying piece of fiction or non-fiction work that is easily accessible for the reader or viewer and reaches out to a wide, not specialist, audience, demonstrating how new media can do things traditional media cannot.

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Shaun, who is originally from Bristol and graduated from Bournemouth University with an MA in Literary Media, added: “I entered the New Media Writing Prize as it was one of the few places I was able to showcase my work to industry professionals.

“I think my style is quite atmospheric and I enjoy blurring the lines between fantasy and reality. Digital technologies have really aided me in creating interactive narratives in a number of ways including that digital technologies, as a whole, are a great tool for exploring the human psyche. I’m a strong believer that multimedia can assist in expressing what appears to be inexpressible through words.”

Peter Phillips, Unicorn CEO, said: “We’ve been long-term supporters of the New Media Writing Prize.

“In our world you cannot ignore the creative ways new technologies are being used and the ability to engage through storytelling, which fundamentally sits at the heart of producing effective eLearning that connects emotionally. Huge congratulations to Shaun, we look forward to working with him.”

You can discover how Unicorn strives to create innovative, impactful learning solutions on Stand P14 at the Learning Technologies 2016 conference and exhibition at Olympia next Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 February.

For more information about the New Media Writing Prize visit www.newmediawritingprize.co.uk For more information about Unicorn Training visit www.unicorntraining.com and to come and see us at Learning Technologies 2016 register for free entry to the Learning Technologies and Learning and Skills 2016 exhibitions and seminars at www.learningtechnologies.co.uk

NEWS: Unicorn and Amuzo Launch ‘The Future of Game-based Learning’ White Paper

Is interest in games and gamification just another fashionable hot topic for the learning Twitterati? Or is there a real trend that is going to significantly impact on the industry? This is just one issue scrutinzed in a new joint Unicorn Training and Amuzo White Paper analyzing ‘The Future of Game-based Learning’ launched today (Tuesday 19 January 2016).

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The White Paper examines such questions as, if demand for games-based learning is there, what are the implications for suppliers? Also in the future could the LMS migrate on to your Xbox or PS4, or is the concept of educational games consoles beginning to happen already?

Produced by award-winning eLearning solutions providers, Unicorn, with games partner Amuzo, ‘The Future of Game-based Learning’ looks at the drivers and benefits behind the demand for game-based learning and sets these against the findings of academic research and literature.

By 2018 over half the UK’s working population is set to be part of ‘Generation Y’- born between 1980 and the early ‘90s. The White Paper assesses how and why games could revolutionize workplace learning for ‘Gen Y’, before concluding with how the eLearning industry can capitalize on the opportunities game-based learning presents, without massive budgets.

Games_can_make_learning_fun_inforgraphic_p6-1024x768Peter Phillips, Unicorn CEO, explains: “Last year Unicorn with Amuzo commissioned Bournemouth University to conduct a ‘Serious Games Market Assessment’. But, outside of its initial objectives, this report also delivered an insight into the real-life, on-the-ground challenges and opportunities the eLearning industry faces in combining fun with learning substance, which planted the seeds for this White Paper.

“Games and gamification have been the hottest topics in the industry for the past couple of years, but we wanted to better understand if this was likely to be a fad, soon to go the way of ‘The LMS is dead’ or Google Glass, or if there was something real and commercially viable behind this trend, that is going to make this one stick.”

Delivered in conjunction with eLearning Age and Bournemouth University Faculty of Media and Communication, ‘The Future of Game-based Learning’ gets its official launch at Learning Technologies 2016 conference and exhibition, where Unicorn will be on Stand P14 at Olympia on Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 February.

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Mike Hawkyard, Amuzo MD, will also be providing his award-winning insight into building games for learning in two free talks at 12.30pm on both days as part of the exhibition’s extensive seminar programme.

Mike added: “There is an evident element of ‘fear of the unknown’ surrounding the subject of learning through games and gamification. However, there are over 12 million reasons why mobile learning games are the solution to building upon and enhancing the effectiveness, productivity and confidence of your workforce. Those 12m reasons are ‘Gen Y’.”

Download your copy of ‘The Future of Game-based Learning’ here!

For more information about Unicorn Training visit www.unicorntraining.com and to come and see us at Learning Technologies 2016 – register for free entry to the Learning Technologies and Learning and Skills 2016 exhibitions and seminars at www.learningtechnologies.co.uk

NEWS: New Media Writing Prize – Win Chance to Work at Unicorn for 3 Months!

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Unicorn Training is offering one student the chance to win a three-month paid work placement as part of Bournemouth University’s Media School’s annual New Media Writing Prize.

The competition encourages writers working with new media to showcase their skills. It also aims to provoke discussion and raise awareness of new-media writing, the future of the ‘written’ word and storytelling.

Open to anyone, including all outside the UK, judges are looking for great storytelling (fiction or non-fiction) written specifically for delivery and reading/viewing on a PC or Mac, or a hand-held device such as an iPad or mobile phone.

It could be a short story, novel, documentary or poem using words, images, film or animation with audience interactivity.

The winner of the Best Student prize will land three-month work placement at Unicorn Training, in Dorset, UK. The timing of the placement will be negotiated between the winner and Unicorn.

Unicorn Training was named Outstanding Learning Company at the 2013 eLearning Awards and, with over 25 years’ experience in the business, the winning student is guaranteed to enjoy a varied, eye opening placement where ideas and innovation are encouraged, embraced and delivered to create world class learning experiences.

The closing date for students is Friday December 12 at 12pm GMT. Each entry should be submitted by email to entries@newmediawritingprize.co.uk

Shortlisted entrants will be invited to the awards ceremony on the 21 January 2015 where the winner will be announced. Winning entries which will be published on high profile new media web-hub, The Literary Platform, the Bournemouth University website and will be showcased at the Awards Ceremony.

As well as the Best Student award, there are prizes for Best Overall – £1,000 donated by if:book UK –  and People’s Choice – £250 voted for by the reading public.

For full details on the New Media Writing Prize including how to enter visit www.newmediawritingprize.co.uk

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New Media Writing Prize Winners Announced

Last night, Unicorn Training attended the Bournemouth University New Media Writing Prize.

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Now in its fourth year, the international prize showcases exciting and creative stories and poetry integrating a variety of digital media. You can view the complete shortlist here.

Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos was crowned Overall Winner for her entry SIRI&me, and Mathew Charles, Juan Passarelli, Ann Luce and Rob Mundy scooped the People’s Choice award for their work, The Engineer.

We were sponsoring the student competition, offering a first prize of a three-month work placement at Unicorn.

The student winner was David Devanny. You can view his winning entry, orange sweatshirt, here.

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David Devanny is from Bradford. A graduate of the Warwick Writing Programme, he completed his MA at Sheffield Hallam in 2012. He co-runs the specialist poetry publishing house The New Fire Tree Press, for which he is editing a library of experimental digital poetries.

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He is also studying for a doctorate in digital literatures at University College Falmouth. David’s poems have been published widely in magazines and anthologies and most recently appear in his pamphlet wasps on the way (Mews Press, 2012).

Congratulations David, we look forward to welcoming you to the Unicorn team!

New Media Writing Prize – Win Chance to Work at Unicorn for 3 Months!

newmediaprizelogo-300x207Unicorn Training is offering the chance for one student to win a three-month paid work placement as part of Bournemouth University’s Media School’s fourth annual New Media Writing Prize.

Open to anyone, including all outside the UK, the New Media Writing Prize 2013 encourages writers working with new media to showcase their skills. It also aims to provoke discussion and raise awareness of new-media writing, the future of the ‘written’ word and storytelling.

Judges are looking for good storytelling (fiction or non-fiction) written specifically for delivery and reading/viewing on a PC or Mac, the web, or a hand-held device such as an iPad or mobile phone. It could be a short story, novel, documentary or poem using words, images, film or animation with audience interaction. Interactivity is a key element of new-media storytelling.

Creativity is king, so try to be imaginative to create an engaging story i.e. combining any number of media elements, such as words on a screen combined with images and video clips. New media writing can be created using a variety of tools i.e. a word processor, DV camera, social networking tools (i.e. Twitter), mobile phone/s, a scanner – anything goes!

The winner of the Best Student prize will land three-month work placement at Unicorn Training, in Dorset, UK, being paid £250 a week. The timing of the placement will be negotiated between the winner and Unicorn.

Unicorn is an award-winning, creative and dynamic UK learning company. We have been at the forefront of financial services e-learning delivery for more than two decades and our mission is to create practical, engaging and intellectually-stimulating eLearning solutions that exceed the expectations of our clients.

As well as the Best Student award, there are prizes for Best Overall – £1,000 donated by if:book UK –  and People’s Choice – £250 voted for by the reading public.

The closing date for entries for the Student prize is Friday 13 December at 12pm GMT. Shortlisted entrants will be invited to the awards ceremony on 22 January 2014 where the winner will be announced.

An esteemed panel of judges will select winning entries which will be published on high profile new media web-hub, The Literary Platform, the Bournemouth University website and will be showcased at the Awards Ceremony.

The judges are: Joanna Ellis, Associate Director at The Literary Platform; Chris Meade, writer and founder of if:book UK; Dan Franklin, Digital Publisher at the Random House Group in the UK; James Pope, author and competition organiser. For full details on what we are looking for, and how to enter, please visit the New Media Writing Prize website.

For full details on how to get involved visit www.newmediawritingprize.co.uk