CD#2 – The difficult sequel

A Happy Friday from everyone at The Castle Drum – especially if you’re a newbie! The first issue, as a well known politician might say was rather ‘Yuge’, so we promise to keep CD#2 short and sweet.

First up – an apology. At the end of our last, The Castle Drum provided links to the castle’s social media accounts, but we neglected to mention the Experiential Learning program’s pages!

Experiential Learning Opportunities (ELOs) are a key component of the BISC’s academic experience and are an important element of every single course that we offer. Our students have taken some really interesting photos, not only on their travels overseas, but right here in Sussex. It is well worth exploring the links at the bottom of this page, which includes a link to a new BISC Photography Club that has really taken off on Instagram this semester. Check out what our students have been up to on their expeditions beyond the castle grounds.

Which leads us on nicely to the subject of the 1066 Staff Pass

If the students’ adventures have inspired you to get out and about, did you know that any member of staff can sign out a pass granting complimentary entry for two people to a great number of local attractions? A comprehensive list of these attractions can be found here, so if you and a friend wish to do some exploring of your own this weekend, for free, simply sign out the card from the Admin Office.

Back on the estate itself, the SMT have decided to reintroduce photo ID badges for all staff and faculty. Emails will be sent notifying you of the times available to come and sit for your head-shots, with plenty of notice, so you’ll have lots of time to practice the perfect Blue Steel. A room will be set aside in the ED’s apartment, to give the sitter some privacy and to ensure that the backdrop and lighting is consistent for each photo. If you are nice to Brian, The Castle Drum has been informed that you are welcome to pose for as many shots as it takes to get a picture you are happy with!

The ID badge will simply consist of a photo of the holder on a card with their name, job title and department. It will be displayed inside a plastic holder, which can be clipped onto a breast pocket, or secured around the neck with a lanyard.

As an educational institution we have a duty of care to take steps to ensure the safeguarding of our students, and a photo ID badge will help both students and Campus Security identify a member of staff at a glance, whilst simultaneously drawing attention to any adult on site that is not carrying identification. Your co-operation would be appreciated, as wearing your badge will not only make our community safer for all, but improve interactions between employees and legitimate visitors to the castle estate. Your badge will identify you as someone who can help if they are in need of assistance.

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»Rolling with the alternative facts since January 2017«

CD#1 – Introducing The Castle Drum

A very Happy New Year and warm welcome to the 2017 Winter Term at the BISC! You are reading the first issue of The Castle Drum – an irregular publication (but we hope only in terms of frequency) that aims to share news of general interest with the BISC’s staff and faculty.

What better way to kick off the New Year, than a brief summary of the year that was? Well if Channel 4 can somehow make a whole week’s worth of programming out of a string of review shows

For a relatively small community, the BISC has achieved much in the past year. Tempted as we are to post a bumper first edition however, The Castle Drum will always be committed to staying as close to a one-pager as humanly possible, so here is just a very small selection of the noteworthy events that took place in 2016:

The Heat Exchanger› A series of collector coils, header pipes and if we’re all honest, lots of technology we don’t really understand was sunk in the moat at the end of the Summer Term.  The upshot is that we can now use the sun shining on the moat as a source of renewable energy, and the castle is making a saving of around 40% on its energy bill.

A new Con-Ed Stream› In September we enrolled our first cohort of students training to become teachers alongside their regular degrees. Having spent the Fall taking part in classroom observations at local primaries, they will be making the jump to Big School in the New Year and are heading off for placements at Battle Abbey School and Claverham Community College. We very much hope that offering students such a useful comparative experience so early in their teaching careers will prove to be an attractive proposition that will see this program go from strength to strength.

Space Study Implementation› The pigeon holes were moved, it has to be said under an impressive cloud of dust, to the new, more secure location of Apartment 1 in August. It’s intended as a communal space for faculty and staff to take breaks and relax, so if you have not availed yourself of its comfy leather sofas and kitchen facilities recently, do drop by. The Space Study also identified the need for more dedicated lounge and study spaces for the students in the castle itself. The Green Room is now such a space, with tables arranged for both group and personal study, two futon sofas and Christian’s personal favourite items of furniture – an assortment of Hipster-friendly beanie cubes!

At the end of the summer, Student Services made their long-awaited move from up in the castle’s rafters to the far more desirable location of Garden Cottage. Many hours of Ikea-inspired fun later, the BISC has a bright, comfortable and accessible drop-in centre for its students.

The most significant change at Bader Hall was the installation of the new Laundry Services in November. Students were instantly raving about the lower cost, larger drums and greater efficiency of these new machines. We all recognise that there is still much more that can be done, but it was an important first step in improving everyday campus life for our students. The Space Study Steering Group will continue to work through its list of long and short-term projects in 2017 and The Castle Drum will keep you posted.

Online presence› The castle’s online presence continues to grow, thanks in no small part to the relentless efforts of Michael Green in Student Services. The castle is committed to utilizing social media to enhance its profile, respond to the feedback we receive from those who visit us and ultimately persuade many more people to come here! You can play your part and help support our efforts online by following the castle and sharing our media via these links:





That’s all for now. Wishing you all every success in 2017! If you have questions, or feedback, please email

»Banging on about the BISC since January 2017«