Ciara is an English and Drama student in her final year at the University of Birmingham. She studied abroad at Loyola University New Orleans, and did a gap year volunteering for Project Trust in Senegal. Ciara loves travelling, writing, theatre, and film. She has been published by The Independent, Huffington Post, Pink Pangea, and The New Indian Express (Indulge). Ciara was co-host of Culture Vultures weekly radio show on Burn FM. 

Contact: ciara-ce@hotmail.co.uk

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September 2012 – July 2016: University of Birmingham – BA Hons English Literature and Drama with Year Abroad, predicted grade 2.1
August 2014 – May 2015: Study abroad exchange student at Loyola University New Orleans
September 2004 – July 2011: Howell’s School Llandaff – A Levels: English Literature (A*), Classical Civilisation (A), Drama (A). GCSEs: 9 x A* – B (Including A* In English and B in Maths)

Work Experience

February 2015 – October 2015: Pink Pangea Foreign Correspondent

  • Wrote articles about travelling in New Orleans
    • Used WordPress to submit articles

September 2013 – June 2014: Student Brand Ambassador at The Independent’s i Paper

  • Organised the charity iQuiz fundraiser in Birmingham
  • Wrote for the student section of the online paper
  • Marketing and sampling on campus and promoting the app

June 2013 – August 2013 The New Indian Express: Intern in the Bangalore office
• Researching and writing stories for Indulge the lifestyle supplement
• Interviewing people for the Society pages
• Attending and reviewing events and book launches
• Proofreading, editing online stories, and writing press releases
• Updating the social media Facebook and Twitter pages

April 2010 Channel 4 (4Talent): 
• Script writing and directing
• Filming a short documentary as part of a team
• Editing with Final Cut Pro

November 2009 Indus Films:
• Creating a short documentary film
• Editing with Avid software
• Vox-pops and interviews 

Student Media

Radio Presenter: Co-host at Culture Vultures radio show on Burn FM. Reviewing cultural events, interviewing artists, and playing music

Guild TV: Experience VT operating, covering live events, and will be covering the upcoming student elections

Birmingham Tab: Features Editor from 2012 – 2013, Reviews Editor from 2013 – 2014. Contributing writer for all sections. As editor I briefed journalists and developed news stories

Redbrick: Music reviewer for the university newspaper

Additional Experience

February 2016: Created a short documentary about students with mental health issues and edited using Final Cut Express as part of a workshop with Michael Clifford

August 2015: Producer of 3Bugs Fringe Theatre’s 4* show Paradise: Lost at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (promoted the show, managed the budget, liaised with venues to organise performances)

August 2014: A member of the creative team of 3Bugs Fringe Theatre. Co-producer, co-director, and script editor of The Trojan Women. Performances in Birmingham and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

July 2013 – 2014: Press and Publicity Officer for the Guild Musical Theatre Group, membership increased by 30% in the year I was on committee

September 2013 – Present: Lead Student Ambassador at the University of Birmingham

  • International Student Ambassador: adding content to the Canvas website, creating videos
  • Giving student life presentations to prospective students at the university and in schools around the West Midlands
  • Tour guide at the university
  • Working at open days with Student Recruitment
  • Using MS and Excel in the Student Recruitment office
  • Working with schools on Outreach programmes, lead ambassador for weekly Outreach Masterclasses

September 2012 – July 2013: Mentored by Fiona Marley Paterson, Broadcast Journalist

Voluntary Experience

• February 2012: Film Editor for the Bosnia and Herzegovina UK Network – Created and edited a short promotional film with refugees for the Network in Birmingham

• September 2012 – 2014: Global Citizenship Ambassador for Project Trust – Ran assemblies and interactive workshops on what it means to be a global citizen, and cultural diversity in schools in the West Midlands and Wales, Promoted gap years with Project Trust in school assemblies

• September 2011 – August 2012: Project Trust Volunteer – Co-founder of Fas Jam, a group for girls and young women who had never been to school. I planned lessons and taught the girls basic French, maths and art, TEFL work in a secondary school in Senegal, West Africa. I had four English classes, each of 60 students, Taught IT three times a week to three different classes, Art class and English club coordinator in a primary school
Qualifications and Awards

European Computer Driving License (ECDL), Awarded the GDST Travel Bursary, and the University of Birmingham International Work Experience Bursary.
Event Management and Fundraising

In sixth form, I organised three charity concerts for First Challenge Expedition and Project Trust, which raised over £1500. Overall I raised a total of £5000 for Project Trust. At University, I ran an open mic night in The Bristol Pear, Birmingham, which raised £350 for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Military Ward.


8 responses to “About

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