As part of our annual cycle of UCAS preparation and applications, LBC always takes great delight in welcoming two old friends from Goldsmiths University to visit us on separate occasions. Last September, Mr. Ben Churchill gave a highly informative and entertaining talk on the subject of writing personal statements. Our students did us proud, asking thoughtful questions which elicited useful responses. Given that they have now all received offers, his advice must have been pretty good! Our second speaker, Mr. Lee McMahon, came to see us more recently, in late February, by which time most of those precious offers had been received. His talk on student finance was full of invaluable (no pun intended) advice on the reality of student loans, bursaries and the cheapest places to shop. Our students left both talks full of enthusiasm for their university careers and more determined than ever to gain those vital grades-all thanks to Messrs Churchill and McMahon!