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September 20, 2018 - No Comments!

Cardiff Met join the Paperclip revolution

Another week, another uni...

Last week, we gleefully announced that Paperclip will be powering the official marketplace for Brunel students. This time, the team are heading just five minutes from Paperclip HQ to Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Cardiff Metropolitan is one of the country's fastest growing unis and houses the famous Cardiff School of Art & Design. The university has over 13,000 students studying across their campuses in Llandaff and Cyncoed.

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A sneak peak of the new Cardiff Met marketplace

Paperclip CMO Laurence comments "We are delighted to have Cardiff Metropolitan University on board. The university has a great reputation at home and abroad and we are excited to be launching the marketplace alongside The Union. As an (adopted) Cardiffian, it's great to be working with a student community so close to home. Here our knowledge of the area will prove invaluable as we aim to reach out to students through local events, partnerships with popular local brands and engaging with students face-to-face."

The Cardiff Met marketplace has been prepped and will be launched this month, in time for the new 2018/19 cohort.

We managed to speak with David Jackson Commercial Development Manager at Cardiff Met Students' Union who added "For most students, going to university is their first time leaving home which means they need all the university essentials. With a degree costing so much, they need to find ways to keep their living costs down. This is where the marketplace comes in."

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Justin and Laurence pose with Cardiff Met Development Manager David outside the Campus Centre

Not only this, but Paperclip will be planning to trial some fab new features and offers for students on this platform - details to follow...

Our new Marketing Officer Justin, who will be spearheading the student onboarding process at this uni, said "It's great to be working with Cardiff Met Student Union. With our ability to dedicate more time to student engagement, we can gather valuable feedback through focus groups which will allow us to further grow our platform."

Could your university benefit from a student marketplace? Get in touch!

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September 11, 2018 - No Comments!

Paperclip comes to Brunel!

As the Paperclip family grows, so does the list of universities who have taken proactive steps to improve their student experience.

In our last post, we explored the true cost of university for British undergraduates in 2018. With the total surpassing an eye-watering £140,000 for a three year degree course, higher education providers and students themselves are looking for ways to both save and earn money during their studies.

This was the primary motivation for Paperclip to create our innovative platform to help students save money on core university essentials (textbooks, laptops study materials, etc) as well as giving them an opportunity to earn quick cash decluttering.

Paperclip heads to Uxbridge

Located at the very edge of West London, Brunel University was founded in 1966. The uni organised into three colleges and now caters for 13,000 students. The university has a busy, vibrant and diverse campus which caters to students from all over the world.

After beginning preliminary discussions with some of the uni's closest neighbours, we approached The Union of Brunel Students to explore the possibility of them trialling a Paperclip marketplace in time for the start of the academic year 2018/19.

Speaking about the meeting, COO Alan said "We approached the Union of Brunel Students back in the Spring. After speaking with the team, they agreed to go ahead with the marketplace. It's great to have another London university on board, especially as they have agreed to link their platform to the marketplaces we have already provided to the students at UCL, King's College London and Queen Mary University. This provides users with an even more items available to purchase and gives students a greater chance of selling their unwanted items."

Naomi Candorf, Advertising and Fundraising Administrator at The Union of Brunel Students added "The Union of Brunel Students is excited to be working with Paperclip to create a marketplace that is beneficial to all involved."

Team Brunel assemble!

With the Union staff now fully onboard, we began our quest to assemble a team of Student Brand Ambassadors to get the word out about the new marketplace and let other students know about the benefits of signing up for free.

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Team Paperclip adding the final touches to the marketplace

Within hours of putting out the ad, we were inundated with applications from Brunel Uni students looking for an opportunity to gain some real work experience and to help us get the word out about the new marketplace.

Sadly, though we had some amazing applicants, we could only select our top five to join the team.

One of the students who stood out was Communications & Media Studies undergraduate, Oliviyah Harry. Asked about her new role, Oliviyah said "I'm really looking forward to working on this project. Not only is this is a great opportunity for students to save money, but it is a great opportunity for me to gain some real work experience on campus."

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September 10, 2018 - No Comments!

Meet the new ‘Clip – say hello to Justin

There has been a new addition to the Paperclip family! This week we are extending a warm welcome to Justin, our new Graduate Marketing Officer.

Justin, originally from Plymouth, is a recent Business Management graduate of Swansea University.

Way back in 2015, Paperclip partnered with Justin's uni faculty, the Swansea School of Management and Leadership. We created a bespoke marketplace, just for the SoM students.

This gave Justin a perfect project for his dissertation on growing small businesses. Justin spearheading the entire project, working on promo stalls and analysing performance data.

Justins' experience working as a Red Bull Brand Manager will be invaluable as Paperclip gets the word out to freshers up and down the UK later this month.

We sat down with the new recruit to see how he is enjoying his new role...

So Justin, tell us a bit about yourself...

"Hey! I’m Justin and I'm the newest member of the Paperclip team. I’m 22 years old and an avid free diver with the ambition so explore the world. I have just recently graduated from Swansea Uni with a Business Management degree - one of my proudest achievements to this date. I'm delighted to be starting my career in marketing as Paperclip's Graduate Marketing Officer."

What will you be doing at Paperclip?

"From previous experience as a Red Bull Student Brand Manager and a Paperclip Student Brand Ambassador, I have gained some great experience in this job role. Therefore, at Paperclip, I will be developing their Student Ambassador scheme, supporting C-level executive decisions to ensure an effective programme is implemented across the UK. Myself, and the CMO, are working on finding the most capable students to implement the scheme and managing them to guarantee the marketplace is immersed into everyday university life.

As well as dealing with students, I will also be managing the relationships with various Student Unions to ensure they are happy and on-board with their marketplace. I have also been reaching out to companies to increase our number of partnerships."

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Junior Designer Ana with her new colleague Justin

What made you apply for the position?

"From my experience in ambassador roles and my degree, I knew I could excel in the role at Paperclip. Also, working with the company in my final year, I knew the Paperclip team had values, hard work and ambition, which aligned with mine."

How have you found your first month on the job?

"The first month in the job has been an incredible experience, I have been challenged daily, becoming a more well-rounded employee and growing as a person. I have received help from all departments of the Paperclip team, especially from the CMO, to ensure tasks are completed to a standard of high quality.

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