On Saturday 9 November, the School of European Culture and Languages welcomed over 100 prospective students and their families to Kent for an inspiring day of taster lectures and seminars. Held in conjunction with other schools in the Faculty of Humanities, prospective students were able to experience seminars in their chosen subjects, including a wide range of joint honours options.
Student Ambassadors from all subject areas were on hand to welcome guests and speak with students and their parents. Staff from each subject area led seminars on a range of subjects, giving visitors an insight into the expertise of academic staff and the areas of study that they might encounter on their chosen degree programme.
Events were also hosted by the Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies, with Dr Dunstan Lowe speaking at a public lecture entitled “Claiming the Classical”, and the Department of Modern Languages hosting “life after your Modern Languages degree” with four panellists (including three SECL alumni) talking about their career experiences after graduation.
Speaking of the skills that a languages degree gives graduates, Fanoula Grekos (French and Spanish, 2001), now Strategy, Planning, Communication and Chief of Staff in Global Digital and Platforms at Barclays said: “Modern Languages graduates are the most practical people. You’ve lived abroad; you’ve figured out how to get stuff done; you will find a way. And you’ll do it across language/communication barriers. In a company full of people, that’s hugely valuable.”
Attendees were welcomed by Head of School Professor Shane Weller, who said: “we were delighted to welcome so many visitors to the School of European Culture and Languages today. Our taster days are an important opportunity for applicants gather as much information as possible as they make important decisions about their future, and I was pleased to see so many prospective students visiting us. We look forward to staying in touch and welcoming many of them to Kent next year.”