Issue date: 13 September 2012
6000 new students will be guaranteed a warm reception at UWE Bristol this weekend (15-16 September), as the University opens its doors for the annual 'Welcome Weekend' event.
Now in its seventh year, 'Welcome Weekend' is a series of exciting events and support across campuses to help students settle in, make friends and enjoy their university experience from day one.
From the moment students arrive on campus, practical help is on hand to make the transition to University life as smooth as possible. There are removal teams to help new students move into their accommodation and over 100 student ambassadors and representatives from Student Services will be on standby to help with advice, enquiries and advice.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve West will give a welcome talk to new students, 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. 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. By working together we aim to inspire and transform your lives through your time with us at UWE.”
UWE Students' Union (UWESU) has organised a full programme of entertainment throughout the weekend. The Escape Bar Patio will host all day barbeques with music from 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, Reggie Yates. Students will be able to sit back and relax at the Sunday Chillout to enjoy a night of acoustic music.
SU President, Emmanuel Okon said, “On behalf of everyone in the UWE Students' Union executive team, we'd like to welcome all the new and returning students back to UWE and Bristol. The Students' Union is here to make your voice bolder, louder and stronger by lobbying, campaigning and representing you. I therefore call on all students to take ownership of your Union and seize all the available opportunities for development and involvement. I welcome you to UWE, Bristol a place where everyone is somebody.”
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.
Two big events will bring the induction period to a close. On Friday 21 September, UWE Students' Union (UWESU) 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 22 September; the Allstars Party will feature 15 acts over five stages on Frenchay Campus.
For more information see http://www.uwe.ac.uk/welcomeweekend