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Life hacks: Bishop's Stortford College students plied with knowledge and tips for life at university and beyond

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Students at Bishop's Stortford College polished their presentation skills with the help of an expert panel during the school's Life Hacks for University and Beyond Week.

The sixth-formers enjoyed a range of lectures and seminars, including sessions with psychological therapist Rachel Ewans, who shared advice on mental health and wellbeing, and former police detective chief inspector Ross McDermott, who dealt with counter-terrorism and hostage negotiations in his career and shared his expertise on personal safety and communication skills.

There were also tips from Old Stortfordian Paula Humphrey, now head of candidate engagement at investment bank JPMorgan Chase, who shared her wealth of knowledge of personal branding, and former BBC radio presenter and journalist Eric Dixon, who worked with the students on presentation and communication skills.

Students at the independent fee-paying school in Maze Green Road also learned about cooking, first aid, interview techniques, basic car mechanics and how to manage a budget.

Katie Banks, head of sixth form, said: "The cancellation of A-Level exams this summer provided a golden opportunity to dedicate time to set the Upper Sixth up for leaving the college and launching out to life at university and work.

"The life hacks week was jam-packed with a range of lectures, seminars and practical sessions to arm students with lifelong knowledge and skills.

"We had a wonderful range of speakers, with current undergraduates highlighting areas they wish they had known about in advance, and experienced professionals running sessions on mental health, security, change management and careers."

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