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New students with BISC scarvesBringing BISC Alumni and students together

The Castle loves to hear from Queen’s and BISC alumni. We are in regular contact with the London branch of the Queen’s Alumni Association, 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, Naaz Adatia Hirst, Edwina Acheson, Heather Christie and Chris Henry visited the Castle in March and gave brief presentations on their careers to date. 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.

BISC Scarfing CeremonyQueen’s alumni who visit the Castle in this way are presented with a BISC scarf.  A must-have fashion item for any self-respecting fan of the Castle, there is so much excitement among the current students when they receive their scarves, that the first mixer for every new intake has begun to be referred to as, The Scarfing Ceremony. Every new student at the Castle receives a BISC scarf to keep as a memento of their time here and to wear with pride on main campus when they eventually leave us. We hope wherever you are, you still cherish yours too!


The Bader International Study Centre (Queen’s University, Canada) is committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment that is fair, positive, and supportive for all members of our community.
We strive to ensure all members’ views are valued and shared in a secure environment through a commitment to upholding equity*, diversity**, inclusion***, and advancing indigenous initiatives.
The BISC supports the fair treatment and opportunity for all by asserting the importance of non-discriminatory treatment either directly or indirectly on the ground of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.   

*Equity: Substantive fairness for everyone thereby ensuring that members of equity-seeking groups are able to achieve full participation in the university (BISC). 

**Diversity: The representation of the population with respect to designated groups. 

***Inclusion: The climate and acceptance of differences that comes with diversity i.e. different ways of living and working. 

Land acknowledgement: Queen’s University, Canada is situated on Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory.

Bader International Study Centre
Herstmonceux Castle
Hailsham, East Sussex
United Kingdom, BN27 1RN
Phone: +44 1323 834444
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Undergraduate Admission and Recruitment
Gordon Hall, 74 Union Street
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
Canada, K7L 3N6
Phone: (613) 533-2218
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