Yes, the term is really zipping by. The tree outside my office is gradually realising that autumn is here!
The first essays have been handed in, and I have had lots of discussions about possible dissertation topics, term two options and dealing with deadlines.
There is one new and very exciting conversation that I've been having this year: for the first time, all PG students are given the chance to learn a language. So I've been signing off approval forms for people to study Swahili, Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Hindi - there are loads of language courses on offer. Often people have some idea of where they want to work when they've finished studying, and getting the basics of a language now is a brilliant investment for next year.
Full details of the Language Entitlement Programme are here: http://www.soas.ac.uk/languagecentre/free/
Here's a little video of how it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbIB_DCWWps