By Dr Carol Padgett SFHEA, Associate Professor in Finance, Head of Undergraduate Programmes, Henley Business School, Programme Director: MSc Corporate Finance.
Today was even busier than yesterday, once again I taught for six hours, but this time spent lunchtime in a meeting where we discussed future opportunities for student and staff mobility between Reading and Strasbourg. The “B” word naturally loomed large. It is interesting to hear that British universities are now keener than ever to start/retain relationships with their European counterparts. By the end of the day my students and I were feeling rather jaded. I took the opportunity to walk into the town centre and get my first proper look at the “capital of Christmas” in all its fairy light glory.
This was the last full day spent with the students. The thought of tomorrow’s test has clearly motivated them to be particularly attentive. I sensed an air of anticipation in the group, but it was related to the weather rather than the thought of another six hours of corporate finance. We are told that there will be snow in Strasbourg over the next few days. Some of the visiting students have never seen snowfall, so are excited at the prospect. I wonder if we will wake up to a white world?
The answer to that question was no. We awoke to a wet world, but by the time the students left the test (most looking fairly happy) the sun was shining. I had two more meetings today, this time discussing opportunities for mobility among postgraduate taught and research students, plus potential for collaboration in research between Henley and Strasbourg.
Now all that remains is for me to mark those tests. I cannot complain, with just 26 in the class the marking burden is not heavy. I am sure I will find the time to take another trip to the markets before I leave at the weekend.
People who travel on business always say that it is not as glamorous as it sounds. Certainly the schedule this week has been punishing, but the people I have met have been friendly and welcoming and I would recommend this experience to colleagues. Finally for any students who are thinking of spending a year abroad in Strasbourg, I recommend you come and see me to talk about it. My colleagues at EM Strasbourg would love the chance to welcome you.
In case you missed, take a look at the first part of the blog here.