I decided to get in contact with the University for the Creative Arts, as I wanted to find out more about their outreach provisions. My new job involves working with outreach teams, and as University for the Creative Arts is spread out over Kent and Surrey I don’t often get to meet my contacts in the university. I decided to introduce myself to the gateway team at Canterbury (as I often work in the building next door to their campus).
So, I ended up meeting a colleague who is the designated contact for the care experienced students at the university. If I’m honest, I was also interested in seeing the facilities because I have always had a fondness for art schools. When I turned up at the university they asked if I’d like a tour and I jumped at the chance! I asked questions about the outreach provision and was hugely impressed with the knowledge of the staff. I mentioned in passing that I wanted to be an art student in my youth but I was sidetracked into work…
… then I felt the sadness I’d been holding back push to the front.
We spoke of my experience and ambitions, particularly surrounding creative education. It felt good to be in a place where I feel inspired, and talk with people about learning. It reminded me that hanging out with like-minded folk and spending time outside an office is good for me.