Punting in Oxford really is a must do activity for all visitors and residents alike, therefore it was only natural that our students got to enjoy an afternoon in the sun on a relaxing journey up and down the river! After a peaceful lunch our students were ready to take to the water as they headed down to the boat house, buzzing with excitement.

Not the easiest mode of travel, punting proved tricky for many at the beginning of the session, but our students coped admirably, and there were some standout performances.

After a successful session on the river our students docked their boats back by the shore and disembarked, thankfully without any hiccups! Everyone then walked across to the nearby Wolfson College, where they were greeted by another traditional English pastime, the Great British BBQ and Picnic! Here students lay on the grass and woofed down a selection of burgers, sausages and salads, followed by delicious ice cream, clearly having worked up their appetite during the day’s activities!

For some of the more energetic students, the time before the final activity of the day was spent playing games on the college sports fields, while others preferred to relax and chat to new friends, but everyone congregated again at 8pm to listen to PhD candidate Michael Plant talk about the philosophy and science of happiness! A firm favourite of our first cohort, the talk went down equally well this time, and we hope that students will be able to use the lessons learned from Michael to carry them through their futures.