Malleable Musings

December 1, 2008

BUILA at UEL

Filed under: Conferences, International Student Recruitment, Volleyball — Tags: , , — Brendan @ 5:05 pm

Today was the BUILA AGM. BUILA is which is the association for international office staff from UK universities. I’m not an international officer but I obviously need to keep on top of and international trends so I like to stay in touch with this organisation.

The AGM was held at the University of East London (UEL) which has an amazingly modern campus right on the river close to City Airport.  It’s so different from the institution I work at. I think that the only things that might be common are the three shared words in their titles and the fact that they are located in the same city. I’m simply not used to having rooms called the hot hatch and the fab pad with sleek computers and bright orange furniture.

I came home from London tonight to play volleyball. We won 3-0 by the way – hurrah! However it’s back to the East End of London tomorrow for the EdUKP conference. I imagine that most of the talk this year will be related to PBS (the points based system being introduced by the UK Border Agency) which doesn’t interest me in the slightest as our students don’t need visas. The other hot topic will be crisis management, especially after the events of the past week in Bangkok and Mumbai. I have a few Facebook friends whose statuses have given an interesting take on the situation in Bangkok while a colleague of mine is currently out in Mumbai.

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