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A study event to remember

Senate House's Crush Hall was the wonderful backdrop for this year's International Foundation Programme event with our students.

Written by Kim Kontos |

Students at the International Foundation Programme study event
Tracy: 'Overall this trip is inspiring, interesting as well as very worthwhile.'

Aside from observing the impressive dynamicity of the city and the university itself, the International Foundation Programme (IFP) group was taught one of the primary principles for understanding the extremely complex and widely unstable world we live in: there is no definite answer to any problem.

Senate House was the wonderful backdrop for this year's IFP Study Event – a series of lectures, classes and workshops for students at our UK teaching institutions.

More than 60 students and 18 of their teachers participated in the event this year. The students are all from overseas and study the IFP in the UK at Bournemouth and Poole College, MPW Cambridge, MPW London and ONCAMPUS London. Teaching staff from all the current UK institutions were in attendance, including the new addition to the IFP community, Bromsgrove School.

After a welcome address from Dr Mary Stiasny, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, the students attended workshops delivered by Dr Jill Stuart, Dr Gita Subrahmanyam and Chris New on critical thinking and using evidence to address world issues. In the afternoon, Dr James Abdey delivered a fascinating lecture in which he emphasised the growing significance of quantitative skills in our data-driven age. James followed this up with a workshop on Mathematics, Statistics and Economics.

Teachers and tutors weren’t forgotten. Lynne Roberts (Head of the IFP), Andy DiMarco (Educational Consultant for the IFP) and Dr Subrahmanyam ran sessions throughout the day in which teachers could discuss good teaching practice and how to optimise classes for IFP.

We look forward to continuing this annual event and adding to a positive networking and learning experience for both students and teachers. We were very glad to receive glowing accounts from attending students:

“The most interesting thing I found out was the morning group activity where I learned critical thinking." Pui

“Aside from observing the impressive dynamicity of the city and the university itself, the IFP group was taught one of the primary principles for understanding the extremely complex and widely unstable world we live in: there is no definite answer to any problem.” MPW Cambridge students

“It was also interesting to meet other students, from different colleges, who were also studying the IFP and to learn about their different experiences and backgrounds. Overall, it was a very useful and enjoyable day from which I gained much benefit.” Hung

Meeting students from other Teaching Institutions “enabled me to adopt more efficient studying methods others are using. Overall this trip is inspiring, interesting as well as very worthwhile” Tracy

“They showed us what should and should not be included in the writing task and some writing structures that help to present an essay in a more balanced way.” Ann

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Four students attending the IFP study event 2017
Pui: 'The most interesting thing I found out was the morning group activity where I learned critical thinking.'