Bringing branches together

On Tuesday 19th September, IAT BING representatives from across the UK and Ireland met at The Farmers Club, London for their annual meeting. Nathan Hill (Allentown) and Kally Booth (Dundee University) IAT Council members attended the meeting chaired by Ryan Hill (Datesand/NEE Branch Bing Representative) and minuted by Rhys Perry (Exeter University/Wales and the West Branch Bing Representative). 

The meeting brings together people from the industry who share similar values and progressive thinking. The goal is to share actions and ideas that will ultimately have a beneficial impact to the IAT and industry as a whole. Over the years, the BING group have come up with countless contributions on the IAT such as the IAT/Congress app, money-raising ideas for AS-ET, the IAT Hub stand/chill-out area and various bulletin/online competitions. 

One of our biggest achievements comes from our own Rhys Perry who, following his first meeting to BING last year, has created an entirely new branch “The Wales & The West Branch”, bringing together Cardiff, Bristol, Bath and Exeter! The branch has already had a number of successful events thanks to Rhys and his branch colleagues hard work. 

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The group is warm and welcoming, all ideas are taken into consideration and allowed to blossom. They are a positive and innovative team connecting people and other establishments together who encourage and motivate each other.  As the team continues to develop, it is becoming more structured, allowing ideas to be put into action. 

Without giving too much away, the next action plan will be to provide more content for the bulletin and another year in assisting in fundraising for AS-ET – more to come on this in due course! 

In addition, the group assist each other in making each branch more successful, sharing event ideas, research intelligence and feedback. 

Once the meeting concluded, everyone retreats to a local pub for a catch-up. The BING representatives organized to meet with other London colleagues from London establishments such as UCL and Kings College London this time around, making the most of their valuable time by networking with fellow technologists. 

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