Jul 18 2017

Last week we celebrated the success of over 2,000 students at 14 graduation ceremonies. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many staff involved in making the week special for our graduates and their guests. The ceremonies take months of planning and, on the day, there are many staff working behind the scenes as well as those in more visible roles on campus.
With the ceremonies now complete, some of you will be taking a well-deserved holiday to relax and recharge. In parallel, over the coming weeks, we will all be preparing for the start of the next academic year, creating teaching materials, planning Welcome Week activities and getting important IT projects ready for completion.
Ahead of then, our campus will be busy throughout the summer. Many colleagues are involved in confirmation and clearing, an important and very busy time for student recruitment. Our Conference and Catering Team will host nearly 80 events for a number of internal departments and corporate businesses, along with summer sports camps and language schools for young people. In total, thousands of guests will be staying in our Halls of Residence, and the team inform me that the Hub will serve 200,000 meals! These commercial activities provide an important revenue stream for the College.
Over 300 pre-sessional English Language students are with us over the summer too, meeting friends and developing their language skills ahead of their course beginning in autumn term. I’d like to say thank you to everyone who’s involved in helping to provide our guests and future students with such a warm welcome over the summer months.
Next week will be my last message of the academic year, and I look forward to reflecting back on our achievements from the past 12 months. If there are successes that you’d like us to share in the concluding newsletter of the year, please get in touch with our Internal Communications Team.

Professor Paul Layzell