Jun 20 2017

Last week, we hosted two of our most important Open Days of the year, welcoming over 2,000 prospective students onto campus.

I’d like to thank everyone who worked hard to make these days a great success. They provided us with an excellent opportunity to share more about our College, showcasing what our courses have to offer and enabling future students to find out about the academic, social and pastoral experience we can provide. The Open Days are excellent at bringing our unique student experience to life by demonstrating the distinctive, close-knit community that we can offer to potential students.

Alongside our Open Days, many of you deliver events, conferences and activities throughout the year, which build connections with, and strengthen our reputation amongst wider groups, including the local community. Since January alone, our students have performed in concert at St John’s Smith Square in London; a number of our academic colleagues hosted the Stevenson Science Lecture; Sir Ben Kingsley, multi-award winning actor, joined us for a special event on campus to talk about the Holocaust in Film; and our inaugural Festival of History welcomed over 1,000 visitors. From Monday 10 – Friday 14 July, we will also host one of our most significant yearly events, Summer Graduation; thank you to everyone who will be supporting with the ceremonies.

I am proud of the diversity of our events calendar, and the ways in which it enables our College to develop relationships with a wide range of groups and individuals, locally, nationally and beyond. By continuing to deliver events that celebrate the inspirational research and successes of our colleagues and students, along with Open Days that highlight our unique and individual student experience, we strengthen our reputation and make progress on our growth ambitions.

Professor Paul Layzell