By Dr Alix Kelso, PAIR Head of Teaching Programmes
This afternoon, we held our Welcome Reception for our new Masters and Undergraduate students. This took place in the entirely pleasant surroundings of our Nuffield Theatre Bar, and staff and students met over tea and cakes and got to know one another a little better. It’s always really lovely to meet new students in relaxed surroundings, away from hectic induction schedules, and the afternoon provided a great opportunity for staff to begin to put faces to the new names, and for students to find out more about the teaching staff they’ll be working with for the duration of their programmes. I was hugely impressed to talk to undergraduate students with so much to say about politics, and found that several people already had real passions and interests that they hope will form the basis of their future dissertations. Similarly, our Masters students had big plans for their short year with us, and lots of ideas about the careers they hope wait for them on the other side of their studies. Like my PAIR colleagues, I had a lovely afternoon, and can’t wait to start meeting our new students in the classroom and hearing more from them.