This blog entry will be updated as more details become available.
Mon 11th Jan
09:00 (UK time) - We are now complete - all students have arrived. Classes are now under way and the semester has properly begun.
Sat 9th Jan
15.00 (UK time) - Another arrival leaving just one student to arrive who is currently in London.
11:00 (UK time) - We have had further arrivals overnight and now have all students except two independent arrivals who we are expecting later today.
Fri 8th Jan
17:30 (UK time) - Two delayed students have now arrived. Nine students remain en-route.
16:00 (UK time) - One independent student has now arrived. Eleven students remain en-route.
14:25 (UK time) - The third and final coach/bus has arrived from our Heathrow airport pick-up. Unfortunately, nine students missed the pick-up due to flight delays and they are (or will be) making their own way to Harlaxton. In addition we have three independent student arrivals who are currently on their way to Harlaxton. Therefore, all students are now at Harlaxton except the 12 students mentioned above.
13:45 (UK time) - The second coach/bus has arrived.
13:00 (UK time) - The first coach/bus has arrived and students are settling into their rooms and have a bite to eat.
There still remain nine delayed students who will be making their own way to Harlaxton, three of which have suffered further delays.
11:30 (UK time) - The third and final coach/bus is just about to leave Heathrow and this will conclude our scheduled airport pickup at Heathrow.
There remain nine students who are scheduled to land later this afternoon who will make their own way to Harlaxton (it is not a difficult journey and they have instructions). Each of the students has been contacted and they are aware of the situation. If they have any difficulties they should call the College on 01476 403000.
11:20 (UK time) - Arrivals are now coming in thick and fast. The second coach/bus has just left Heathrow and is due to arrive at Harlaxton at 14:30 approx. The third and final coach/bus will leave shortly.
10:30 (UK time) - The first coach/bus has left Heathrow and is on its way to Harlaxton. We estimate the time of arrival at Harlaxton to be 13:30 approx.
09:30 (UK time) - The good news is that flights are arriving and the delays are better than expected. The bad news is that some of the delays are significant and will mean that some students will land much later this afternoon. Again, we encourage all delayed students to let us know of their difficulties and to ring the College (+44 (0) 1476 403000) after landing at Heathrow if you have missed the scheduled pick-up time.
Thurs 7th Jan
16:00 (UK time) - We are ready!
Our couriers are preparing to head down to London in a few hours to meet our Spring 2010 students at Heathrow airport.
We hope to expect the first arrivals at about 06:00 but we are aware of possible flight delays due to adverse weather conditions in the US and UK. We are regularly monitoring the situation and will be as flexible as we can regarding airport pickup.
All students have been given information by Earl Kirk on what to do if any of their flights are delayed or they miss the Heathrow airport pick-up and we have repeated the essense of that advice here.
My best advice is to read the departure packet thoroughly. Prepare yourself. Keep the packet handy at all times. It tells passengers what to do and who to call in case of delays of problems, whether in the USA or the UK. Be sure you keep those phone numbers at hand in case you need to alert us to flight delays or changes. Students, be sure to keep me (Earl Kirk) up to date if you have travel changes.
The packet also provides step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions for how to get to Harlaxton Manor via the train if necessary—in case you are delayed well after the time the Harlaxton coaches can wait at the airport. If passengers are delayed on the morning of Friday 8 January, phone the manor (+44 (0) 1476 403000) upon arrival at Heathrow to see if the pick-up team is still at the airport, and then follow instructions. We will do our best to help you if at all possible. Just know that sometimes circumstances are beyond our control and you may be called on to help yourselves and your travel companions.