Caymanian students studying in the United Kingdom have in recent years been able to network through Cayman Connection UK.
It puts students in touch with each other, gives tips and support on settling into the U.K. and organises regular social events. The last one was a pub quiz night in central London in May when Eric Bush, the Cayman Islands Representative in the U.K., attended.
There was a reception at the Governor’s house two weeks ago, mainly for students either already studying in the U.K. or about to go. The event was organised by Kate Kandiah, co-founder of CCUK.
One student about to make her maiden voyage is Tajel Small who is grateful for the networking opportunities provided by CCUK. She is considering becoming a Cayman Student Ambassador for them when she settles at Sheffield Hallam University in Yorkshire to study physiotherapy.
Tajel has never been to the U.K. before, “so I am super excited to go there,” she said. Sheffield is 170 miles north of London where most Caymanians study so she will be maximising CCUK contacts.
“I expect to make the most of CCUK by attending events and networking with different people,” Tajel said. “This will allow me to be up-to-date on and to welcome and meet other students from Cayman studying in the U.K.”
There are about nine different roles that CCUK offers for student ambassadors. They can involve running CCUK’s social media pages, coordinating sponsorship, graphic design and video production, fundraising, coordinating enquiries and many other duties.
In England, the 20-year-old George Town resident is “mostly looking forward to experiencing the culture”.
As for the notorious British climate: “I am least looking forward to the weather. I do not have the highest tolerance for the cold but it will be a good experience to have.”
She added: “If you are going to study in the U.K. or you are already there studying make sure you go on caymanconnection.org and register as a student. The network is a great support system to have while studying abroad.”