The Castle Herald

The Castle Herald is a bulletin designed to update alumni and friends of Herstmonceux Castle with the latest news at the Bader International Study Centre. It will keep you informed about recent developments at the Castle, promote upcoming events around the world, and share stories to highlight the experiences and accomplishments of our alumni. If you have story ideas for a future issue of the e-newsletter or know someone who could be featured, send us an email.

In this edition:

Looking to the Future

Dr. J Hugh HortonRespected Queen's scientist and professor of chemistry, Dr. J. Hugh Horton, appointed as the new Vice-Provost and Executive Director for a five-year term, effective July 1, 2017.

Dr. Horton is a professor of chemistry and is currently serving as the interim vice-dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Over the past seven years, he has held a number of leadership positions within the faculty, including associate dean (studies) and associate dean (international).

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New Concurrent Education Stream

BISC Con-Ed StudentsLast September, the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) welcomed its first cohort of Concurrent Education (Con-Ed) students. These students are pursuing a Bachelors of Education and their teacher training at the same time as a Bachelors degree in Arts, Fine Art, Music or Science. The program is designed for students who might be interested in teaching internationally following their studies. 

Students spent the fall in local primary schools taking part in classroom observation. During the winter term, they made the jump to local high schools, with placements at Battle Abbey School and Claverham Community College. 

For Concurrent Education students, spending their first year at the Castle gives them the opportunity to get classroom experience early in their teaching careers.   “We hope offering students this comparative experience will prove to be an attractive option that will see this program prosper,” says Dr. J Hugh Horton, BISC Vice-Provost and Executive Director. 

Sir Paul GrantAt the end of the fall term, the BISC held a dedicated Concurrent Education Careers Evening. The event featured highly successful head teacher, Sir Paul Grant. Sir Grant was knighted by the Queen in 2009 for services to education and in particular his success as Head Teacher at Robert Clack School. As Head Teacher, he turned Robert Clack School from a failing school to one which the UK Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills has designated as an 'outstanding school'. 

Learn more about Concurrent Education at the BISC


Distinguished Guest Speakers 

Kevin Le Gendre Every term, the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) faculty are encouraged to invite a diverse range of visiting speakers to the Castle to provide students with enhanced learning opportunities. The Castle is building a reputation as an academic institution with strong, integrated, and interdisciplinary programs. The BISC has been successful in attracting a variety of respected scholars, artists and journalists willing to share their work with students.

Journalist and broadcaster Kevin Le Gendre recently spoke about the dynamic tension between vocal and instrumental in Soul, Funk and Hip-Hop. He contributes to a wide range of publications that include Jazzwise and MusicWeek, and appears as a commentator and critic on radio programs such as BBC Radio 3's Jazz On 3.

Novelist Dr. Lauren Elkin visited the Castle and shared her new book, Flâneuse: Women Walk the City, which explores what it means to ‘walk the city’ as a woman, and how our sense of urban space can be linked to our gender identity. It was Radio 4’s Book of the Week.

Herstmonceux Castle featured on the BBC 

Dr. Joanne PaulThe Bader International Study Centre received massive media exposure when it was the setting for two BBC television shows: Gravity and Me: The Force That Shapes Our Lives and the popular antiques show Flog It! 

Castle alumna Dr. Joanne Paul also filmed an episode of the popular webcast Viral Histories at Herstmonceux. Joanne spent her first year of university at the BISC before finishing her joint Bachelor's (with Honours) at Queen's, where she received the Thomas M. Walsh, M. A., Memorial Prize in History. Now a Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Sussex, she is also Joint Director of the Centre for Intellectual History. This year Joanne was named one of ten ‘New Generation Thinkers’ whose research will be made into radio and television programs for the BBC.

Bringing BISC Alumni and Students Together 

Alumni receiving scarves at the CastleThe Bader International Study Centre (BISC) loves to hear from Queen’s and Castle alumni. We are in regular contact with the London Branch of the Queen’s University Alumni Association (QUAA), some of whom spent time studying for their undergraduate degrees at the BISC. A panel of London-based Queen’s and Castle alumni – including Scott Girvin, Artsci’00, Naaz Adatia Hirst, Artsci’02, Edwina Acheson, Artsci’01, Heather Christie, Artsci’09, and Chris Henry, Com’10 – visited the Castle in March and gave brief presentations on their careers.

While they sat and reminisced in the Headless Drummer with our current students, they shared some of the tips for success that they have learned throughout their careers.

Queen’s alumni who visit the Castle in this way are presented with a BISC scarf. It has become a must-have fashion item for any fan of Herstmonceux. There is so much excitement among the current students that the first mixer for every new intake has begun to be referred to as the Scarfing Ceremony. Every new student receives a scarf as a memento of their time at BISC and to wear with pride on main campus when they eventually return to Kingston. 

Group of BISC alumni in scarvesWe hope wherever you are, you still cherish yours too.

Learn more about the Scarfing Ceremony at the Bader International Study Centre