My Melbourne with Rachel Cummins

August 14 / 142

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Welcome to My Melbourne, I’m Stuart Winthrope. Today we’re joined by Rachel Cummins. Rachel, thankyou for coming.

Thankyou for having me.

What is your role at the University? 

Sponsorships and Event Merchandising Coordinator within the Marketing department. 

How long have you been with the University?

I’ve been with the University since 2008, so a little over six years now. Funnily enough, in the first week I wanted to resign, but I’m glad I stuck it out, as I find the job very rewarding. 

Very good. What does your role involve? 

Fifty per cent of the time, I look after Sponsorships for the central team so some of the bigger sponsorships we’re working on at the moment such as the Italian Masterpieces at the NGV and the Melbourne Rebels rugby sponsorship. 

The other half of my time is devoted to event merchandise, so I look after the signs and banners for the University of Melbourne. A lot of my time is spent down in the cage, which a lot of people know about, where we keep all the banners and props for University events. There are always lots of different projects all the time, there’s never one thing we do over and over again, the whole team is constantly coming up with new ideas and concepts. 

What’s one of the major projects you’ve been working on recently?

I’ve been working on Open Day for at least the past eight weeks, perhaps even longer than that. The whole marketing team and the whole University have been working towards another successful Open Day. One of the new initiatives for this year was Barry the Bear, who has been featured quite heavily on social media in the last few months, and by Open Day, Barry had become a life-size bear who was seen on South Lawn. All the visitors loved having their photo taken with Barry, who was named for the University’s first Vice-Chancellor, Sir Redmond Barry.

What are some of the things you did to help visitors get around the campus, and get to know the campus better? 

We took on quite a few new initiatives this year, we placed students at Flinders St and Melbourne Central stations to guide visitors to the campuses, because there’s the Parkville and Southbank campuses which proved to be a very good initiative. This year we went back to basics, and put students at e very major intersection and place where guests could potentially get lost, and have a face there, and let visitors talk to people, find out where they’re supposed to be going and let them connect with the University. All the students did a fantastic job.

What is your favourite thing about working at the University? 

My favourite thing about working for the University is Open Day, and seeing all the people come together to produce a great event for the University, and all the students who are just so proud to be part of the wider University community. 

What’s your favourite place to eat or get coffee on campus

I actually really enjoy eating in the office staffroom and having a good chat amongst my colleagues. It’s the best place to be.

What’s a piece advice you can share?

The best advice I’ve received is to really work on your relationships between your colleagues and your suppliers. 

Anything your colleagues might not know about you that you’d like to share?

My desk is covered in yellow sticky notes, and yes, they do eventually get organised. 

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