Jacqui Brelsford, one of our university counsellors, has spent the last two weeks travelling the UK visiting universities. After attending the Universities and Colleges Application Services (UCAS) conference in Manchester, England, she set off to visit fifteen university campuses around Northern England and Scotland.

Visiting university campuses and meeting representatives is important to the work the counsellors do. Firstly, it means that they can provide first hand advice about various universities to students who have not yet visited, or cannot visit. They are able to report on the location, size, facilities, architecture type and accommodation options, as well as the general atmosphere of the campus. This can be vital in helping a student decide between studying on a big rural campus, or in a newly built city location. In addition, and of equal importance, is that they give a face to the school. We want universities to know about BISP and our excellent academic, sporting and artistic talents, so that they know the quality of our students when they see their applications.

Starting with a group tour with other counsellors from across the world, Ms. Brelsford met with representatives and toured Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Central Lancashire, University of Lancaster, Leeds Beckett University, University of Leeds and Liverpool John Moores University. Although most universities are closed for the summer, she was also able to meet with a BISP graduate who has recently finished her first year of law at the University of Leeds. She reported that she is very happy with her decision to study in Leeds and loves the competition of the law programme.

The BISP counselling team made the decision that a trip to Scotland would be beneficial for our students. In the last few years, several students have focused solely on Scotland as a university destination, and next year will be no different. Although a Scottish university degree is four years, rather than the three of England, it gives students a little more flexibility to explore electives outside of their chosen subject choice. Eligible Scottish and EU students also receive free tuition in Scotland. Ms. Brelsford went to The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, Heriot Watt University, Queen Margaret University, Glasgow Caledonian University and Strathclyde University.