Faye Martin is the summer school administrator and first point-of-contact for students interested in Nottingham Trent University’s Global Summer School. She’s based in the Global Lounge, a resource in the heart of the city-centre campus that is dedicated to supporting international visitors and helping them have the best experience of Nottingham.
MUNPlanet: For those in a hurry, can you tell us why people should attend your summer school in one sentence?
Students can gain credit on a summer school that allows the flexibility to follow a unique pathway based on their academic or personal interests.
MUNPlanet: Students attend programs such as yours to improve some of their existing skills or acquire new ones altogether. What are some key skills that the participants will be able to improve/acquire by attending your program?
The courses are very practical, based in our design studios, 3D workshops, laboratories and classrooms, and students will be able to apply their new knowledge to engaging projects. Business students interested in product development might be interested in the Design Thinking Summer School, law students might want to immerse themselves in British and European Law. Journalism students might want to explore the fashion, magazine or TV industry, and trainee teachers might want to explore forest schools. There are also English Language lessons for those who feel they need extra support. The keys skills that students leave with will therefore be diverse, but what will be consistent is that everyone will benefit from working with like-minded people from around the world.
MUNPlanet: This opportunity is clearly available for a wide variety of backgrounds. However, there has to be someone who can be described as a perfect candidate? What are the qualifications of this person?
The ideal candidate will have completed at least the first year of an undergraduate program and have an interest in a range of subjects. They’ll be keen to meet others from around the world and share ideas and knowledge - to be part of a global community of learners.MUNPlanet: Can you briefly take us through the program? What can participants expect over the course of the studies?
Students will begin with a welcome session, where they’ll get to explore the campus and the city, all on foot. Students will then spend one week or more immersed in their subject. Our tutors are very experienced in teaching people from around the world, so they will be well looked after. There might be excursions to London or places of interest around the city, so students should expect a very rewarding experience with us. And hopefully students will also book themselves on to some of our evening and weekend activities, to make the most of their time here.
We know our tutors are great and that students will have a memorable week with them. But it is the organising team’s job to make sure students feel welcome and orientated to the city. We use NTU student ambassadors to show visitors around the campus and the city, and our team of administrators will share information about what to do on the first day and some great evening and daytime trips to attend. The aim of the organisers is to turn an academic summer school into something unforgettable and fun.
MUNPlanet: Where are your previous participants now? And does your summer school have an alumni organization?
Previous summer students returned home to complete their studies or continue in their careers. The summer programs have been running for several years, so we have seen people graduate, start their own businesses, we’ve even seen our first wedding.
MUNPlanet: In the domain of social activities, what can Nottingham offer beside Robin Hood-alike shenanigans?
Nottingham has a young population, and as such it’s extremely student-friendly. The city can be explored on foot, and as well as the historic side of the city there are contemporary art galleries, independent cinemas, The National Video Game Archive, the Creative Quarter and it’s boutique shops, and the Paul Smith flagship store for fashion lovers. Nottingham is officially the UK’s City of Sport, with Trent Bridge cricket ground and the National Watersports Centre all easily visited. Throw in a few summer music festivals and it’ll be a great summer.
Most students will attend a summer course that relates to their current studies at home. But we also hope that they’ll choose something completely different, trying a subject that is new to them and which might change their approach to their studies when they return home.
MUNPlanet: What’s included in participant starter pack beside umbrella and tea set?
Students will be provided with maps and information from Nottingham’s Visitor Centre, so that they are able to plan and make the most of their time in the UK. As well as the tutors, NTU ambassadors will be on hand to help students make the most from their time in the city.
‘NTU Global Summer School 2016 was the perfect balance of an engaging academic program with lively social events, and I can’t wait to return.’