Cranfield venue for next NPC meeting on 23/24 February

The Cranfield campus of Cranfield University (http://www.cranfield.ac.uk) will play host to the next Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) of the NPC on Saturday 23 February from 3:15 pm to 6 pm. The OGM forms part of a programme of NPC events in Cranfield that weekend, centred on a theme of international postgraduate students. All postgraduates, and those who represent postgraduates, are invited to come along, whether it's just for the Saturday afternoon or for the whole weekend. The venue for all events is the Cranfield Students' Association, CSA (building 114 on the campus) - a campus map is at http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/visit/crancampusmap.pdf.

The full rundown of events is:

  • Sat 23rd, from 12 noon - arrival in the CSA bar. A buffet lunch will be available at a cost of £3 per head; numbers need to be known in advance, so if you want to be fed, email npc@npc.org.uk as soon as possible.
  • Sat 23rd, 2 pm to 3 pm - guest speaker Beatrice Merrick from UKCOSA, the Council for International Education (http://www.ukcosa.org.uk) will give a talk on institutional support services for international postgraduates. The session will consider what services institutions should provide in the way of academic induction, language support, accommodation and welfare provision.
  • Sat 23rd, 3 pm to 3:30 pm - our second guest speaker is Benson Osawe, Chair of the Council for International Students (CIS, http://www.cisuk.org.uk) who will talk on international postgraduates in a globalised world.
  • Sat 23rd, 3:30 pm to 6 pm - the formal NPC Ordinary General Meeting, where you'll be able to hear reports from NPC officers and help formulate NPC policy. If you have a suggested item for the agenda, email npc@npc.org.uk by Wednesday 13 February at the latest.
  • Sun 24th, 10 am to 1 pm - NPC policy workshops
  • Sun 24th, from 2 pm - for those still here, a chance to visit Cranfield's annual International Event, details of which are at http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/admin/communitycentre/intevent.htm.

If you're interested in attending and would like campus accommodation, it's available in limited numbers for both Friday and Saturday nights, at a price of £25 per room per night - contact James Groves on npc@npc.org.uk for details.

Details of how to reach Cranfield University are at http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/visit/cr_rail.htm. You'll see Cranfield is easily accessible by both rail (the nearest stations are Milton Keynes Central and Bedford) and air (Luton Airport is extremely close by).

We hope to see as many as possible of you in Cranfield on the 23rd.

James Groves

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