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Admissions & Marketing meet Lord Bilimoria at BAISIS Conference

Posted: 14th March 2017

Last week Ms. Symons, Mrs. Baker and Ms. Morgan (from our Marketing and Admissions teams) went to the BAISIS Conference in Birmingham, and a good time was had by all.    

BAISIS (British Association of Independent School with International Students) was formed in 1997 and exists to promote best practice in academic and pastoral provision for international students at UK independent schools, study centres and colleges, and to represent the interests of its members at an international level.  CSFC joined the organisation last year.

The conference started with the annual BAISIS AGM on Thursday afternoon, followed by a dinner in the evening to encourage networking and team-building.  We had the opportunity of meeting all the other delegates from a variety of other UK international schools.  We were very fortunate to enjoy a delicious three-course meal and were later entertained by Lana Foster, Managing Director of Brightworld Guardianship.  Lana gave an amusing after-dinner speech about her early career and experiences, which was very entertaining.

The conference was opened on Friday morning by Lord Bilimoria CBE, DL of Chelsea, Founder of Cobra Beer and Chancellor of the University of Birmingham.  He gave an interesting speech; firstly on his earlier educational background and latterly, how the idea of Cobra beer was formed.  He told an amusing story of how he wanted a palatable beer to compliment his meals when he ate at his favourite Indian restaurant.

Lord Bilimoria gave an interesting insight into what British Education offers to international students, before proceeding to provide us with an update on what is currently happening in the House of Lords regarding Brexit and, in particular, how he thought this would affect student recruitment and how students would now look to other countries outside the UK, such as Australia.

On Friday, we attended several seminars including Online Testing for Recruitment & Admissions, UKiset Q & A Forum, Why Guardianship Matters, Pupil Recruitment post-Brexit and many more.

Afterwards, we were lucky enough to enjoy a photo opportunity with Lord Bilimoria. We told him about CSFC’s cultural diversity, which we are very proud of, and he was delighted to hear that we had 40 different nationalities in the college.

Picture opposite shows Ms. Morgan, Ms. Symons and Ms. Baker with Lord Bilimoria.

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