And we’re off! - A round up of activity from week 1 at SBC
SUMMER BOARDING COURSES
Student experience really is at the heart of everything we do, not just academically but socially too. Programmes are demanding, but they are jam-packed with exciting opportunities for students to further their knowledge, gain practical experience, interact with like-minded students from around the world, get a taste of life in the UK, and more specifically at Oxford, all the while having constant access to pastoral support and a tailor-made social programme of events for each day’
This week we welcomed over 23 different nationalities as they joined us for Oxford College Summer School. SBC Oxford College Summer School invites bright minded individuals to gather in the incredible city of Oxford for a summer programme of academic studies, social and well-being activities along with professional and cultural excursions.
We give students the opportunity to delve into a subject area of their choice in a university setting and utilise the Oxford College facilities such as the extensive library, lecture halls and dining areas.
Summer with SBC offers students life changing experiences and opportunities for personal enrichment and allow them to nurture their individual passions whilst making new friends and discovering diverse cultures.
To ensure that every student is comfortable and well acquainted with both peers and staff, we dedicated time to welcome activities, icebreakers and team building challenges. This gave them a chance to learn about one another’s skills, interests and cultures whilst having fun and settling into their new environment.
In order for students to get a full Oxford experience, they were given the opportunity to join an Oxford walking tour. This tour is led by Oxford Alumni and explores the stunning university colleges, historical landmarks and beautiful buildings that surround the cities. Mentors were on hand to answer any questions about Oxford and recommend places for students to visit with their peers.
Oxford is brimming with successful businesses that can offer first-hand knowledge and advice to our curious students. We like to make the most of having these opportunities therefore we make sure that students get the chance to be hands-on by doing industry experience days that align with their ambitions. This week our business students were able to visit a sustainable integrated marketing agency whilst our politics students got to experience a live courtroom.
‘’The most fascinating experience in my SBC journey so far has been the industry experience. We got to go to a court room and see some real trials. It was really nice that we got to see a glimpse of what happens in a courtroom within the United Kingdom.’’
On Wednesday students dressed in smart attire to attend a sophisticated evening at University College’s formal dining hall. Students were able to enjoy a dining experience that is similar to the traditional formal dinners at Oxford University, this allowed them to gain an insight into the etiquette of such dinners and the history associated with the tradition whilst spending quality time with their new friends.
Guest lecturers for each subject visited Oxford College this week to educate and inspire SBC students. The engineering lecturer was from Jenkins Technologies Ltd, he explained the concept of pressure sensors and how they could be utilised for AI technology. He then highlighted the advantages for investors, the industries that they could market their product to and could benefit from using their technology. Students asked interesting and thoughtful questions, which they continued to discuss with their tutors in the seminar.
We recognise that students work so hard and we believe that giving them time to be recognised for their dedication and creativity is important. Each week students are given the opportunity to proudly showcase the projects that they have been focusing on. Tutors assign a diverse range of projects for students to independently compete that reflected aspects of their curriculum.. Students were given freedom to interpret the project how they feel necessary, and their final presentations were exceptional. Time to Shine is a rewarding experience for both students and tutors where they can learn from one another and gain knowledge from different subject areas.
SBC staff have been working exceptionally hard to prepare other camps for the arrival of new summer school students. This week we will be welcoming students to our campuses at Headington, Cambridge, Eton College & Canford for an unforgettable summer with SBC, we’re all very excited to meet the arrivals and be part of their summer experience!