UWE welcomes 6,000 new students

Issue date: 16 September 2009

Student Ambassadors welcome new students This weekend the University of the West of England is putting on a host of special events and support across its campuses to help the new influx of 6,000 first year students feel at home from day one. Over Welcome Weekend (19 and 20 September) Frenchay, Glenside and St Matthias Campuses will be open. On Monday 21 September, students will be welcomed to Bower Ashton Campus and the School of Health and Social Care will also welcome new students to Swindon Education Centre and Hartpury Campus.

Welcome Weekend organiser, Sue Fox, said, “We pride ourselves on being able to deliver the best welcome possible to our new students. This is the fourth year that we have held the Welcome Weekend and we try to think of everything to make this exciting time as easy and trouble free as we can. We give practical help such as providing removal teams to help new students move into their accommodation and over 200 student ambassadors will be on standby to help with directions and advice. We have also introduced online registration so that students no longer need to queue.

“There is also a full programme of entertainment to get University life off to a positive start. University can be a daunting experience, but by taking the steps to make moving in, getting around Campus and enrolment easier, students are then able to relax, make friends and enjoy the best of what the University has to offer.”

Entertainment at the weekend includes the Welcome Party on Saturday night organised by the UWE Students' Union (UWESU) featuring DJs, the Cut-Up Boys (Ministry of Sound) and Greg James (BBC Radio 1) as part of UWESU's promotion FOMO (Fear of Missing Out!).

Student Representative Council President, Katy Phillips says, “The Welcome Party is always a good night, and a great start to Freshers' Week. I'm really excited for all the new and returning students to get here now. Welcome Weekend and Freshers' is something we do really well here at UWE, helping students to settle in, meet loads of new people and start their University life with a bang. I can't wait!”

Katy along with Professor Steve West, UWE Vice-Chancellor will personally welcome all students at talks held throughout the weekend.

Professor Steve West, said “I would like to welcome all our new students to the University and to Bristol. I am sure Welcome Weekend will be a great success and a really positive start to their student experience at UWE.”

Other Welcome Weekend events include a UWE Big Band event with a barbeque where students will be able to make their own smoothie by pedal power. There will be a Meet and Greet Marquee giving students a useful opportunity to meet academic and support staff.

Students cooking for themselves for the first time, can impress their new flatmates, by learning how to cook healthy meals. There will be a series of free cooking demonstrations provided by UWE Hospitality chefs starting during induction. Fresh ingredients can be picked up at the daily fresh fruit and vegetable store on the Frenchay Campus.

Free shuttle buses will run between the University campuses over the weekend. Students wanting to find work can register with the free UWESU job shop, one of the largest in the UK.

Once the Welcome Weekend and induction week are over the new students can look forward to one of the biggest Freshers' Fayres in the country led by the UWE Student Union.

For international students, the University also provides an airport pick up service, ahead of their orientation which runs from 16-18 September. Students will take part in a campus tour and information fair and entertainment includes a sightseeing tour of Bristol and a Barn Dance.

UWE's postgraduate community of nearly 6,000 students, can also enjoy a buffet with laid back music and all students can relax in the non-alcoholic chillout zones provided.

For more information see Welcome Weekend

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