Each half term, close to 200 applications are received from students wishing to be considered for the opportunity to take tea and cakes with a member of the Senior Leadership Team, whilst discussing a range of intellectually challenging topics. Each event focusses on a different question. The questions are broad and challenging: many from university interview processes.
The intention of the CIT events, is to prepare the students for wider debate and group discussion. We hope the practice at the CIT events enables students to overcome any nerves and helps students to feel confident when in this type of situation.
The prize for the winning CIT event is a trip to the Dorchester Hotel in London for a wonderful ‘Afternoon Tea’. During the event some controversial issues such as: The world is heading to overpopulation. How should we deal with this? Should we stop people having children, release a deadly virus, war, withhold medicine? How would you deal with this to help the human race survive? Students do not work hard enough in the UK compared to foreign students. Do you agree with this?
The students discuss questions of this nature over sandwiches, tea and delicious scones and cakes. The debates are intense with some contrasting points of view.
I look forward to another year of intelligent debate and another trip to the Dorchester Hotel with this year’s winners.