London Brookes College ISI report 2021
VP Sandra Poulton – Reflects
Remember the good old days of theatre trips and visits to Parliament? Of inspirational evening lectures at UCL and afternoons at the Freud Museum? There were even fascinating Science Department excursions by coach to Whipsnade Zoo. At LBC, we all recall these adventures quite clearly; they belong to a pre-Covid world where mask wearing was found only in Shakespearean comedies, not on the Northern Line.
The great news is, of course, that after too many months of lockdowns, self-isolation and lateral flow testing, LBC can again embrace outings once again……and we are doing so with gusto this autumn Already our budding Einsteins have visited London’s Science Museum, enhancing their classroom learning and broadening their horizons of the cultural world so accessible to those of us lucky enough to live in London. Our future visits embrace the past; our historians are eagerly anticipating their outing to the Imperial War Museum, to explore not only its artefacts but also its plethora of educational activities. Our intrepid students of English Literature are gathering courage for a December outing to “The Woman in Black” which is set over the festive season. This play, which complements the ghostly short stories studied at both GCSE and A/S level, will also prepare us for the Gothic elements of Dickens’ “Oliver Twist” our A level set text. It will also provide a very welcome reminder of the joys offered by a live theatre matinee in a beautiful and atmospheric venue. These three visits are, naturally, only the beginning; many more are sure to follow.
It goes without saying that LBC, a college renowned for its innovative and can-do spirit, has not been idle during periods of lockdown. Instead, we have been delivering high quality lessons to our learners using the platform of Microsoft Teams.
Our 2021 leavers are now undergraduates. Their university destinations and subject choices are as diverse as our students themselves, ranging from Engineering and Architectural Design at UCL to Economics and Data Analysis at Manchester. Others were delighted to take up offers to study Mechanical Engineering at UCL and Accounting and Finance at Warwick. Degrees in Biomedicine, Pharmacy and Business were other popular choices for our class of 2021 with students proceeding to Kings College, London as well as to the universities of Reading and Liverpool. Nottingham, Queen Mary and Southampton also welcomed London Brookes students to study Finance and Psychology.
It goes without saying that we are immensely proud of all our students, particularly as so many of them had not been able to follow a straight path to academic success. Difficulties that they were already experiencing were simply compounded by the rigours of Covid, yet they persisted in reaching their goals, supported by the care and expertise of their teachers at LBC.
Those same teachers now continue to nurture and encourage aspiring undergraduates, making use of online resources such as UCL taster sessions, mini medical schools and a webinar on applying through UCAS, presented by Elizabeth McCullough of Goldsmiths University. She used to visit us in person, pre-Covid. Next year, we hope, she can visit us again, to answer questions in person, rather than via an online chat button. Despite the restrictions imposed by Covid, this academic year has started very well.
We have welcomed new students, some of whom are siblings of our alumnae. Teaching, talks and trips, the backbone of our varied learning programme, are all underway in earnest. University offers have already been made and tests taken. Our return to face-to-face teaching has been considerably enhanced by our continued application of online resources and our extensive utilisation of Microsoft Teams. LBC’s blend of classroom learning, in small groups where individual attention is paramount, and technological resources developed during lockdown, has equipped us all for even greater successes in this brave new educational world which is rapidly becoming as familiar to us as educational visits and university successes.
VP London Brookes College