Friday, 27 September 2013

Freshers' Week 2013 - Roundup

Freshers' or Induction week at the University of Chester is always an exciting time and this year was certainly no exception. In this post I'll try to give a flavour of the what happened when our students arrived for their first week at university.

Sunday 22nd Sept

Students arrive to move into their new accommodation. With nearly 3,000 new students starting this year it was a really busy day, but we were really pleased to see the comments and tweets from students and parents praising the work of the staff and volunteers who helped them settle in:

It was also the first of a long week of parties and social events, with the official Freshers' party featuring James Buckley (Jay from the Inbetweeners) being held at Cruise for Chester Campus students and Warrington Campus welcoming regular guest DJ MistaJam, from BBC Radio 1 Xtra

Monday 23rd Sept

Monday was the official enrolment day, with students collecting their university cards, learning how to use the online services and meeting their Personal Academic Tutors.

On Monday we also learned that we had moved up a further 7 places in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014 making us the top modern University in the North West. A great sign of things to come for our new students!

The lovely folks at the Christian Union were also on hand with their popular 'text-a-toastie' service, helping to nurse sore heads!

It was also the day that many freshers took the opportunity to go into town to stock up on a few essentials (or not so essentials!) and get to know their housemates.

In the evening it was the Warrington Campus Hall Championships and School Disco and in Chester the first of many Beans student nights at Rosie's.

Tuesday 24th Sept

On Tuesday, students started to meet their academic departments and tutors with induction sessions giving them a taste of what to expect for the year ahead.

The evening saw live music in the CH1 Bar from the likes of MONSTA and Star One and local acts The Revered and Secateurs. For our students at Warrington Campus it was a trip away from campus on the regular #towntuesday.

Wednesday 25th Sept

Wednesday was Freshers' Fair Day at Chester Campus, with the Sports Hall full of clubs and local businesses offering information, freebies and student discounts. As ever, the queues went right around the campus, but we think it was worth it!

Both the Chester and Warrington campuses enjoyed UV parties in the evening... with Warrington campus chucking gallons of paint into the mix for good measure!

Thursday 26th Sept

It was the turn of the Warrington Campus to enjoy the Freshers' fair and also find out about part time work opportunities available through UniJob. At Chester, students were introduced to their second subject area, if studying a combined honours programme.

In the afternoon, there was an opportunity to walk the famous Chester walls and tour the Cathedral, led by our Chaplaincy.

Later on there was a Onesie Party at Chester Campus whilst at Warrington there was a 'Sound Shed' evening of live music featuring the likes of Ebony Day, Ben Goddard, Fabian Belassie and Kim Jennett.

Friday 27th Sept

The week is almost over, but on both of our campuses students had to opportunity to meet their Personal Academic Tutor, who will be supporting them in their studies throughout their time here. It was also the turn of the Sports team and Societies fair, where students had an opportunity to sign up for something they already love, or something completely new!

With social activities over the weekend including trips to Chester Zoo, Delamere Forest and a Freshers' Fry Up, as well as the legendary SU Friday at Chester Campus and live music at Warrington from X Factor contestant Lucy Spraggan, it's safe to say that Freshers' Week has been a brilliant opportunity for students to make new friends, get a feel for where they're going to be spending the next few years, and experience some of the social and academic opportunities that they'll have access to.

And if this has grabbed your attention, why not find out more by visiting us on an Open Day in the next couple of weeks?