Sunday was an early start back on the university looking trail. I am so glad that we heeded the advice of a friend to start looking early as that has eased the tension on this busy term. Nevertheless she still has some choices to make if her grades are less than she hopes so off we headed to Keele. What a beautifully quiet and truly Autumnal journey we had up the motorway leaving at 7am. Few cars and a fantastic range of colours in the trees lining the way. Soon we had joined the hoard of prospective students.
University looking is not easy. It's tiring. It's difficult to recall what you have seen elsewhere. Everywhere they are trying to sell their "product". Then there are the almost inevitable "my parents are the most embarrassing" looks and mumbled comments. I think Brian did feel it was bit much when she told a student she can't wait to get away from home.... I think that comment could be brought up again...
Anyway when it came to looking at the accommodation only one parent could go so I was quite happy to stand down. You have seen one hall of residence and you have seen them all! It gave me a chance to have a wander and to slip my phone out for some pictures without any comments.
It all looked good in the sunshine. The castle like chapel does rather dominate the centre of the campus.
I then wandered to look at Keele Halł which is the house on whose grounds the campus has been built and I guess was once more part of the university judging by this gate.
The house is now mainly a conference centre and the Raven Mason museum of Mason Ceramics. The grounds were also worth seeing.
It is a lovely setting and had a good feel and I would be happy if she chose the university. Decisions will have to be finalised soon and when that dreaded personal statement is finished it will be time for her to get the application submitted.
On a lighter note we called in on our return journey to see this happy little chappie who we have not seen for a good few weeks. My great nephew and his mum and dad too of course.