Sixth formers visit BCU!

On Thursday 9th February, twenty Arthur Terry sixth formers visited Birmingham City University’s new, purpose-built, city centre campus. After a splendid welcome lunch in the Curzon building café, our students enjoyed an interactive EPQ skills masterclass delivered by the university’s library team which included our own Head Librarian, Mrs Mandy Goode who divides her working week between Arthur Terry and BCU. The session covered the Dewey academic library categorisation system, mapping processes at the outset of a research enquiry, an evaluation of possible research sources and their reliability – applying the ‘CRAPP’ test (!) and finally the importance of avoiding plagiarism, incorporating the Harvard referencing system and the need for comprehensive bibliographies. Even a full-scale building evacuation didn’t detract from what was a brilliant afternoon, even if it was a little cold waiting for the all-clear in the ‘East Side’ park emergency congregation area! The day finished with a tour of the impressive four-story library with panoramic views across the city. Huge thanks to Mrs Goode and BCU for this wonderful opportunity for our students with thanks also to Mr Townsend who supervised the trip. Arthur Terry is now looking forward to developing closer working ties with BCU’s library team as we seek to expand the numbers of students undertaking extended project qualifications.