UWE Bristol welcomes 6,000 new students this weekend

Issue date: 09 September 2014

3 students unload a car full of belongings.

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is about to welcome some 6,000 new students onto its campuses.

The UWE Bristol Welcome Weekend is an important date in the University calendar and this year looks to be one of the biggest and best with a host of activities lined up for students in addition to the usual help on moving-in days.

Sue Fox, Head of Corporate Events at UWE Bristol has masterminded the Welcome Weekend since its inception.

She said, “The majority of students will be registering and moving into their accommodation on campus over Welcome Weekend.

“This is a big moment for the students and for the parents who will arrive in droves, with duvets and possessions piled as high as the expectations and emotions. We want to make this important milestone a positive experience and we do all we can to ensure that this transition in the lives of all the families goes smoothly.

"We have over 200 UWE student ambassadors on hand to befriend and help the new arrivals find their way, and introduce them to the many activities that will take place over the weekend and during Freshers' Week."

There is a fast-track removal company helping students move their possessions into the student village. Also this year over 100 students will be moving into the brand new accommodation at Wallscourt Park.

As accommodation contracts start on Monday 8 September around 450 students will be moving in early but the majority of the 2,000 students who will reside at Frenchay Campus in the student village will arrive during the Welcome Weekend from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 September.

A samba band will lead new students from the student village and campus to registration sessions in the UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Sue Fox continues, "We want to make the fun start from the moment the students arrive on campus so we try to encourage parents to drop off and leave so that new students can get on with registration, join in with the summer fair and go back to unpacking their stuff later."

The summer fair is organised by the accommodation staff and includes a marquee with games, a craft stall, smoothie bike, surf simulator, bungee run, face painting, street entertainment, a BBQ and music. Viv Jowett, Head of Student Accommodation, said, “The summer fair is a great idea as it gives a focal point where the new students can mingle and make new friends as soon as they have registered. We want to get the students out and enjoying themselves from the start and having an event like this gives the students who arrive earlier somewhere to go and something to do.”

The Students' Union has organised a host of activities for Freshers' Week including welcome and closing parties with Radio 1 DJs Huw Stephens and Nick Grimshaw.

Professor Steve West, UWE Bristol Vice-Chancellor, said, “Welcome Weekend is an exciting time and where it starts for all of our students. The University staff and Students' Union all come together and work so hard to make the first few days at University a really positive and enjoyable experience.

"I'd like to wish all of the new students who have made the decision to come to UWE Bristol the biggest welcome. They have made a good choice; UWE Bristol is a great University and the students have the chance to make a real difference to their own lives and to the lives of others through their academic efforts and the host of other opportunities that University life will present over the next three or four years. They have also chosen a great place as the city of Bristol is without a doubt the best place to live in the UK."

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