Today is the end of our "Week 1" and I met my first year tutor group this morning to ask then how they'd found their first week as Aero students. To begin with, they struggled to remember (!) but happily short term recollection isn't the same as long term learning. After a bit of reflection, they agreed on "hard", but apparently grabbing their interest anyway.
Later, having a quick catch up on emails at the end of the day, my regular statistics update tells me we've had over 100 applicants already for next year. Those are pretty fresh though so not many of them have made it all the way through the system yet. I am happy to say, however, that our first few offers have been actioned and should be with their recipients any time.
We have a slight change to offer processing this year. We haven't changed what we're looking for or what we'll be asking for, but there is a new person in the role of reading all your applications. For this reason, we're being deliberately cautious on offer-making for now, until things bed in and we can form a view on the standard of our applicants.
So, while it's very exciting to see so many applications already, the message is the usual one: please bear with us. It's important that this is done right, as I'm sure you'll agree.
Meanwhile, I've also been drafting in new recruits for our student ambassadors. These are the people you'll be meeting if you get an offer and are invited to one of our Wednesday afternoon taster sessions.
To those hundred odd who have already applied, we'll be back to you as soon as we can. To the others, I look forward to hearing from you.