Having completed your CIP, what are your thoughts on the process?
We have all enjoyed the CIP process. There are so many positives to take away from the process long term - things like working with external partners, general organisation of the session, advertising the session and obviously the theoretical content which has been taught in the lectures and seminars. It has given us the relevant experience we will all use going forward, so the process has been really productive.
What were the main challenges you faced?
One of the main challenges was being consistent with the rules of the session. When you have people of different ages and, more specifically, different physical abilities, it's difficult because a less physically active participant who is running may be moving at the same pace as a just turned 50-year-old who is more physically active when they are just walking. So sometimes you have to use common sense and say, well, yes, they are running, but they are not travelling at a faster speed than the younger participant, so therefore we would regard this as legal. However, ensuring consistency with these decisions was difficult.
How did you find implementing the theoretical content that has been taught in lectures and seminars?
The theoretical content was difficult to get your head round at first, but once you understood, it was not too difficult to implement. Monitoring and evaluation is definitely something that has been helpful and something we will all use beyond university.
How do you feel the CIP will help you moving forward with your career aspirations?
The CIP will help massively going forward. The CIP is almost like creating your own mini business - you learn how to work in a team, contact and work with partners, implement monitoring and evaluation, use funding, and you learn how to make a project sustainable, which is all important within the industry. So, there is a lot we will all take away from the CIP. Not only this but it looks really good on your CV. A few people from our group have been applying for jobs or further education and they have spoken about the CIP in job interviews, which shows how important the CIP is on our CV.