We're getting closer and closer to the start of term and students are beginning to to appear. The International students arrived yesterday and on Sunday all the freshers will join them in Halls.
We're putting final plans in place. One of the new initiative's this year is too hire four of our former graduates to come in and support the courses as teaching assistants and mentors for the first year groups. So Tilly Wilkinson, Matt Crouzies, Kieran Edwards and Dave Hockham have been in drawing up rotas and getting their heads around their new responsibilities.
Dave is also juggling this with work in preparation for the SMarts festival which is going on over the weekend of the 29th & 30th Sept and brings freshers week to a cultural close. Working with two other graduate students, Lyuba and Tania, he's put together, Aster(OI)d a charming version of The Little Prince which he scratched to an invited audience last spring.
We've five contributions to the festival, apart from Dave's work and Stef's Yard Gal, Ruth Carter is coming back to restage her terrific production of Langston Hughes' Home Free, two of our 3rd years, Jacqui and Ny have been devising a piece of street theatre and Tina Bicat, our wonderful designer is putting an installation into studio 3.