University of Bolton students have been putting their professional talent to the test and passing with flying colours with Bolton’s first TEDx conference.

Believed to be the first ever student-led TEDx, Bolton’s conference, titled Crossing Paths – Intersecting Ideas, brought together an eclectic group of speakers from all walks of life, including University staff and students.

But also running the show were our students who came together from across all subject areas to create a team of professionals, successfully creating a first-class event for the sell-out show audience.

Supported by Bolton Students’ Union, the students put together everything needed for an outstanding conference which was held at Queen’s Specialist Building on Tuesday 8 March 2016. From the lighting to the sound, from the camera work to photography and press relations, the students delivered the full event.

Executive MBA student, Aymen Mohamed, wrote press releases for the Bolton TEDx conference. He said: ‘Over these five weeks, I’ve seen students from different courses join together into one great team to achieve something truly exciting for the University. I am truly proud of the volunteers involved who have dedicated their time to make this event possible, and I am honoured to have been a part of such a hard working team. The event was a great success and it gave the students confidence that they can rely on the skills they have learnt from the University of Bolton to create a TEDx talk.’

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Said Dr Ianis Matsoukas, TEDxUniversityofBolton organiser and licence holder: ‘It is a pleasure to see the University of Bolton become part of the worldwide TEDx community and contribute to promote and inspire innovation, creativity and ingenuity using the power of ideas.

‘TEDxUniversityofBolton is an excellent student-staff partnership model that promotes student engagement with learning, and enhances student success.

‘I feel extremely honoured to be part of the fantastic team that make up TEDxUniversityofBolton. Thank you everyone for all the hard work that has been put in to making such a fantastic event.’

Said Ed Moloney, Bolton Students’ Union General Manager and TEDx co-organiser. ‘It has been great to see the students grow into their roles and take ownership. For all of us, this has been a unique experience and we are supremely proud that everything people saw on the day was the work of Bolton students.’

Said Students’ Union President, Arthur Kaddu: ‘It’s been great to see the students showing their employability and commitment to their University. They have ably demonstrated they are a team of professionals already, pulling off a flagship event like this is no mean feat.’

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