Tea party for North Americans
9 June 2008
An informal 'English Tea Party' for UCL scholars from North America was held in the Wilkins Garden Room on 6 June 2008, hosted by Professor Jan Atkinson, UCL Pro-Provost for North America.
Twenty-five graduates from Mexico, the USA and Canada, all holding current scholarship support from UCL, also met Art Wasserman, UCL Vice-President and Director of Development & Corporate Communications, and Dr Andrew Pink, from the Office of the UCL Vice-Provost (Academic & International).
English hospitality was expressed in perfect cucumber and smoked salmon sandwiches and 'cream tea' scones, served together with tea, coffee, wine and finger food.
There were enthusiastic PowerPoint and poster presentations on topics from a number of volunteers, ranging from 'Images of Death in Colonial Mexico' (UCL History of Art) to the 'Nucleation of Zeolites' (UCL Chemistry) and two excellent short presentations from students on their experience in UCL.
Students told how they appreciated expert research mentoring, UCL's encouragement of interdisciplinary research and the advantages of life in metropolitan London. A common theme was that any initiatives to increase international scholarships would be welcome, and that our current North American graduate students would be happy to act as ambassadors for UCL in the wider world.
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Image: Claudia Ituarte (second from right) discusses her experience of interaction between disciplines in UCL Anthropology