Hello+Welcome to new UWE students

Issue date: 15 September 2011

Welcome Weekend (17 and 18 September, Frenchay and Glenside Campuses)

Welcome Monday (19 September, Bower Ashton and St Matthias Campuses)

UWE is throwing open its doors this weekend to welcome 6000 new students arriving at the University for the first time. They will be guaranteed a warm welcome, as the University of the West of England hosts its annual 'Welcome Weekend', with a series of exciting events and support across campuses to help students settle in, make friends and enjoy their university experience from day one.

UWE Students' Union (UWESU) has organised a full programme of entertainment throughout the weekend. The Escape Bar Patio will host all day barbeques and a live stage showcasing local talent from cover bands to UWE's very own Hub Radio DJs. The Welcome Party on Saturday night will feature two rooms of music, an outdoor stage and a live DJ Set from BBC Radio 1 DJ, Greg James. Students will be able to sit back and relax on Sunday night to enjoy a night of acoustic music.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve West will give a welcome talk to new students on Sunday, he said, “Firstly may I congratulate all new students on achieving their exam results and securing a place at UWE. I hope that they will be able to realize their dreams and ambitions and that we will be able to support them in building a successful future. It's an exciting time and I'm sure they will experience the best of what the University and the city have to offer over Welcome Weekend. By choosing UWE they have opted for the best new University in the South West according to The Sunday Times 2012 University Guide, we know they'll have a great experience while they are here and that our excellent graduate employment record will set them up with great opportunities for the future.”

Free late night 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 and can try out a new sport for free at the Centre for Sport.

Welcome Weekend organiser, Sue Fox, said, “Starting University can be an exciting but daunting experience for new students, at UWE we try to think of everything we can to make this transition 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, representatives from Student Services and over 10 student ambassadors will be on standby to help with advice, enquiries and advice. There is also a full programme of entertainment for students to enjoy with their new friends."

This is the sixth year that we have staged Welcome Weekend and each year we listen and respond to feedback from students to make their experience even better. This year we have integrated the welcome for new home and international students so they all get the opportunity to mix and explore together the best of what the University has to offer. There is a free shuttle bus tour of Bristol for all new students and they will also receive a Welcome 2011 guide, so they can keep track of where they need to be and tailor their experience to enjoy the activities and events that most interest them."

Two big events will bring the induction period to a close. On Thursday 22 September, UWE Students' Union will stage one of the biggest Freshers' Fairs in the country at the UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre. Over 100 UWESU sports clubs, societies and commercial stalls will be vying for students' attention with freebies, giveaways, demonstrations and displays. 3000 students will attend the final event on the evening of Saturday 24 September; the Allstars Party will feature 15 acts over five stages on Frenchay Campus.

For more information see http://www.uwe.ac.uk/welcomeweekend

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