On 2 August, the second week of the inaugural Undergraduate Laws Summer School 2018 was crowned by a private gala dinner in the breathtaking surroundings of 30 St Mary Axe (better known locally as the Gherkin). Attendees of the Summer School from 21 countries came together to network and build relationships over an exclusive evening of fabulous food and wine.
Normally not open to the public, the tower, designed by Sir Norman Foster and completed in 2003, has become a defining feature of the London skyline, its gleaming diagrid set amidst the dense medieval street plan of the city’s financial district and topped with a spectacular rooftop bar and restaurant, offering stunning panoramic views of London’s great carpet of buildings, threaded with rivers and patched by parkland.
This year’s first outing for the Undergraduate Laws Summer School has covered two core modules, and having proved popular, will be expanded to cover additional modules in future years. Students receive face-to-face tuition from University of London tutors over the course of 44 hours of lectures and tutorials, as well as a programme of skills events and social activities, such as the private dinner.
Spirits were high as the dinner provided a very welcome break for students from their highly intensive and demanding study schedule, and was described by one attendee as ‘an amazing event which made us feel like we belonged to a real University’.
Simon Askey, Director of Undergraduate Laws, noted in his remarks that the event also provided the opportunity for a unique celebration of the latest enhancement in student support, and showcased the extraordinary breadth and depth of the Undergraduate Laws student body – with attendees from as far afield as China, Canada, Pakistan and Anguilla.
The evening was a fantastic opportunity to recognise not only the efforts of our Summer School attendees, but also Undergraduate Laws’ 15,000-strong global student body who have achieved another record year of exam results and, last but by no means least, the endeavours of the Student Support team in ensuring the debut of the Summer School has been such a resounding success.