Welcome to the first ever edition of our SIFE Strathclyde monthly magazine. The idea behind this publication is that it will serve as a way for prospective members, current members, sponsors/investors, business advisors and, of course, our Alumni to keep up-‐to-‐speed with everything that’s going on within SIFE Strathclyde.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Sponsor Companies, Business Advisors and our Alumni for your contribution (and extremely valued support) to our SIFE team.
This edition covers news from two of our projects, and the remaining will be explained in our January edition.
To all of you, have a fantastic Christmas, and we look forward to working with you in 2012!
So what is SIFE? SIFE, Students in Free Enterprise, is a non-‐profit student-‐led organisation. Over 57,000 students in 36 countries are involved in SIFE-‐ so what are you waiting for?! As the only active SIFE organisation in Scotland, we at SIFE Strathclyde are attempting to change people’s perception of typical, lazy students. Now in our 7th year, SIFE Strathclyde has been growing year on year and we currently attain over 60 active members. We are changing lives by sparking
To find out more about our team, or to express your interest in joining one of the most unique societies on campus, please contact: SIFE@strath.ac.uk
This year we are working with Hamilton Grammar School. Currently, the school has a group that are working towards gaining an SQA leadership qualification. In order to achieve this, they need to succeed in practical work. The school also have an enrichment period within entrepreneurship, where pupils work in groups on a project.
Taking these groups into consideration, our main project that is currently being worked on is identifying needs and problems within the Hamilton Community and using the pupils within these groups to work together and address the problems by working on a project to solve it. This will be documented, giving a more fun and exciting side to the project for the pupils.
This project will not only help pupils gain their SQA award, enrich them with skills in leadership, organisation, problem solving, confidence and time management; it will also solve problems within the community.
This idea was originally formed to create job opportunities for the homeless and to give them a starting point for a career. Since then, it has gained contacts and evolved to target giving the long-‐term unemployed work experience. The kiosk would be run as a social enterprise and sell food in Glasgow's busy city centre. However, after realising that setting up such a large-‐scale project will take a long time, the project is taking a new turn and we are currently investigating the possibility of a lunch delivery service to on-‐campus University staff. This will be beneficial as it provides the participants that we are working with the opportunity to gain experience working in teams, to improve their own organisation and management skills and to work directly with the public. The team are now wanting to do some market research to see whether this idea would be viable, what products would be sold and what community group would benefit
A final word from our sponsors… Would you like to advertise here?
Reach the student market by placing an advert in our next edition, which will be published on Friday, January 27th 2012. Contact us at SIFE@strath.ac.uk, and we will be happy to discuss your requirements!
The SIFE Strathclyde Magazine Team