My name is Angus Parker and I am a student at Robinson and have recently started a project called Humans of Robinson.
The project (and accompanying Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/beyondtheredbricks/) has been inspired by my desire to bring the college a little closer together, create a greater sense of community and reveal the stories and people that otherwise would remain hidden and unknown. I hope that this would really contribute to creating a more familial atmosphere in the college as sometimes I think the real ‘people’ of the college - whether that be students, staff, porters, cooks, cleaners, alumni etc - and their stories are not fully represented or appreciated. I am hopeful that I will be able to achieve this exposure and create this sense of community through such a project - the format for which has been inspired by the hugely popular and successful Humans of New York (which is well worth looking at - it is quite fascinating and inspiring - https://www.facebook.com/humansofnewyork/).
The process just involves a short interview and a photo - interviews so far have taken under 15 minutes and range in scope as to what is discussed - but everything is said in complete confidence. I then draw up a short paragraph based on something you have raised before checking it through with you before release.
What I would really like to emphasise is that this project is aimed at EVERYONE in the college - I would love to hear from anyone. Please do not be dissuaded if you think you wouldn’t have much to say - I have so far found that often these interviews are the most interesting and revealing.
I hope this makes sense and that everyone will be willing to help out.
Hopefully, now that I have explained it, if a random student (me!) comes to ask if you would be happy to volunteer for Humans of Robinson you have more of an idea of what I am talking about!
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch though if you have any further questions about the page or if you would be willing to help out!