A number of New Fellows evenings are held throughout the year and provide a perfect occasion for recently joined members of the RSA Fellowship to meet and interact with other new Fellows, to meet staff, and find out more of the opportunities, resources and networks that are out there and can be accessed by Fellows of the RSA.
We recently held the first New Fellows evening of 2012 and due to the renovation work currently going on in John Adam Street, it created an opportunity for the Fellows to meet in the Vaults, which provided an intimate and engaging environment for such an evening.
After short introductions from members of the RSA Fellowship team and Matthew Taylor, the Fellows set about getting to know one another better with a whistlestop introduction by each attendee. As a new member of the Fellowship Networks team it was amazing to hear from the diverse range of Fellows attending; from opera singers to entrepreneurs and it emphasised the variety of people from different areas, backgrounds and passions who make up the Fellowship of the RSA.
Fellows heard about ways where they could potentially engage with the RSA and the Fellowship, including the recently refreshed RSA SkillsBank, which is designed to bring together the expertise of the Fellowship and allows Fellows to contribute to some of the exciting work which is going on across the globe, and the potential for funding for Fellow-led ideas through the RSA Catalyst fund.
Hopefully the Fellows that attended left the evening with a better sense of the RSA and how they fit into the organisation, along with a collection of new contacts and potential beginnings, I certainly enjoyed my first taste of meeting and interacting with Fellows.
Lou Matter is RSA Fellowship Networks Coordinator.
Four ways Fellows can engage with the RSA are as follows:
1. Attend a network
2. Connect online
3. Join SkillsBank
4. Apply for Catalyst funding