Student Bonding at Birmingham University

A team building event for undergraduates from non-typical backgrounds. Designed to bond them together with their fellow course mates in just 3 hours! 

The Outreach Team at Birmingham University asked us to create an indoor team building activity for prospective undergraduates. It needed to enable 250 students from non-typical backgrounds to feel welcome and bonded to one another within 3 hours. The venue was The Great Hall on Birmingham University’s campus.

Finding the Purpose

We took the Outreach Team through our 5 step process to tailor an event to their unique needs. Our consultants identified 3 key areas of focus for their event:

  1. Inclusivity: Event needed to be inclusive of the broad spectrum of cultural and economic backgrounds of the students.
  2. Bonding: It needed to encourage students to bond and form connections with one another.
  3. Context: Students needed to understand how activities at the event would help them on their university journey.

Tailoring the Event

To meet the brief, we decided to build a Team Challenge event with an indoor Crystal Dome finale. We chose the challenge games to ensure they were suitable for all student backgrounds, thus meeting requirement 1. We also designed the games to be lightly competitive but not too rigorous to enable students to have fun and network with one another. This met requirement 2.

Since we deliver lots of graduate intake programmes for corporate clients, we chose an experienced EML Team lead presenter to contextualise the session. The presenter outlined how relevant these exercises would be for later in their university journey. This met requirement 3.

Delivering the Team Building Event

We arrived several hours before the event to meet the Outreach Team and set up the Team Challenges. By the time we were finished the Great Hall looked incredible and our facilitators were in position and ready to go!

Birmingham University were worried that their prepared documentation was no longer valid due to a lot of last-minute changes in student attendees. Fortunately, our experienced event management team are used to dealing with unforseen circumstances! And they were able to quickly allocate the new list of 250 attendees into 25 teams without impairing event timings.

The team building event was delivered flawlessly. The opening presentation really added value for the students and the hilarious Crystal Dome finale went down a storm.

Successful Outcome

All undergraduates were able to partake in this event, have fun and form new connections with their course mates. And the Outreach Team Leaders were absolutely delighted with the outcomes of the session:

“The engagement levels of the students was superb throughout. It was so refreshing to have such a professional team, who clearly knew what they were doing, run this for us and allow us to observe and enjoy it as opposed to trying do it all ourselves,” Birmingham University Outreach Programme Manager.

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“With over two decades’ experience in the events industry, EML Team are a safe pair of hands for any corporate event. Let us help you find the perfect venue, manage event logistics and provide stellar activities for your team.”

Jon Huggett - Founder & CEO

A great set of events to help keep spirits up and teams connected during lockdown. Especially appreciated the flexible and creative approach. Many thanks.
Adele Cox
Excellent fun and fully engaged activity, completely loved it 😊 Thank you so much.
Himabindu Vutukuri
I thought the event was excellent - informal, fun & very engaging!
B. A. Nimmo
I really enjoyed the exercise and was honestly quite surprised at just how engaged with the activity I became.
Richard White
Enjoyable virtual event. I liked the theme and imaginative art class to make it a fun group event.
Conor Morris
A very entertaining experience... we had to make decisions and work together. And we also got a sense of achievement - I can’t draw and produced 2 decent superheroes. An excellent activity.
Elizabeth Donachie
A great event which made was a lot of fun! At first I was nervous to try the task but by the end I wanted to do more!
Lisa Redpath
Enjoyable event and well run, enjoyed our 3 hours with EML.
David Rodman
Good afternoon of activities and being in the winning team topped the day, thank you for the prize.
Adrienne Cousins
Many thanks to Neil and Ruth for leading our virtual team building exercise... Many laughs were had while scrambling to collect the twenty items...!!! The Murder Mystery was my favourite and my team winning was the icing on the cake. The Haka showed how uncoordinated we are but the laughs ...just proves what an enjoyable experience we all had.
Suzanne Mitchell, Beckton, Dickinson & Co
Our team really enjoyed the event - they are already asking when we can do another!
Karen Wilson, Zhero
The EML virtual team building event was well organised and entertaining. Tasks were interactive and challenging in a fun and relaxed environment.
Brandon Lee Maharaj
It was fun and I loved the energy this brought out of us as a team.
Clinton De Klerk
Great and fun team-building event. Enjoyed!!!
Christopher Dahwa
Perfect. From initial enquiry to event day. I’m really pleased with the session. We had a short meeting pre activities and then 4 fun team games. The event staff were really helpful and professional all the way through.
James
EML delivered a great virtual training afternoon for our new Graduates, Undergraduates & Apprentices. Everyone found it to be a fun and engaging afternoon.
Victoria Goodwin
Super fun virtual event, the team are friendly and entertaining. Thank you so much Neil and Jon.
Joynab
Thank you EML for a great virtual team building Christmas party. Everyone had a great time and this virtual option created a great opportunity to stay in touch with our colleagues and have some Christmas fun. I've received lovely feedback from staff - they really appreciated the event.
Sue Quick
Thanks for organising and facilitating our online Christmas social. I've had some great feedback from the participants and it was lovely to do something together even though we couldn't meet face to face.
Michelle Hammersley
Great fun, thank you.
Simon Elkins
Well organised and good fun - many thanks to EML Team.
Mark Roberts
Great fun, engaging and well organised :o)
Belinda Mitchell
Thank you so much for organising a very interesting and fun event... it gave staff an opportunity to work together in different ways and helped to develop our team skills. I'd recommend similar online events to other organisations.
Isla Boadle
Great fun had by all. Both inclusive and engaging. We will be looking to use EML again next year.
John Williams, ECCTIS

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