The Cochrane Schizophrenia Group

My first month as an Editorial Assistant for CSzG

on April 12, 2013

By Angelique Bodart
Skype: angeliqueuon

Angelique BodartIt’s been a fast paced month, but that’s the kind of pace I like.  Learning the inner-workings of Archie (not Archie Cochrane, the founder of the organisation, but the online review system), a taster of ‘how to write a review’ using RevMan (downloadable and free to use by all), strategising the re-launching the social media for our group and ‘networking’ at the 21st Anniversary of UK Cochrane Centre event are just some of the things I’ve been doing this month.  I’m now finally settling in to the team and my University of Nottingham desk on the Jubilee Campus.  I’ve realised my role is rather flexible albeit strategic, and reasonably involved with the review process, working with review authors at the initial and final stages…so far.  So, where did I come from to get here, the Editorial Assistant of the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group?  At this point I could just upload my CV but don’t worry I won’t bore you with that…anyway, who needs a CV when you’ve got a LinkedIn account

I haven’t come that far to be honest.  I used to work for the Information Services Team at The University of Nottingham on the Kings Meadow Campus.  Now don’t be thinking I’m uber techy, I’ve got skills but I’m no programmer.  I taught and supported the university academics and administrative staff with using Moodle – the university’s new online learning environment.  Watch this space, I may end up bringing Moodle to Cochrane, you never know.  Previous to this I worked for the Workers’ Educational Association on an ‘IT in the community’ kind of project working with unemployed volunteers.  I am one of those people that if you type their name into Google there will be a million and one links to videos, blog posts, training, photos, the lot.  My online presence is through the roof…hence my new responsibility for raising the online presence of CSzG.  All we need now are a few videos, interviews with editors, authors, consumers,…hmmm…any takers?  On a serious note, if you do want to get involved, maybe not recorded interviews and such (well not yet anyway) but maybe some blogging of your personal interests in the subject of Schizophrenia let me know (contact details above).  I’m always looking out for some interested parties [insert cheesy smile here].  Before this the jobs were varied.  The best part of my former life were my six month travels around Africa – there was a lot of animal petting involved ( slight addiction of mine) – giraffes, rhino, cheetah, elephant, lion, hyrax, snakes and tiny (half meter long) crocodiles.  But I digress…

Overall my first month has been great, I’ve met a lot of people and am learning lots of new stuff while also getting to use some of my previous skills.  I look forward to meeting all those part of Cochrane…especially those in far away places, obviously that would be me visiting you [insert ‘butter wouldn’t melt’ smile].

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