UWL marks successful Freshers’ Week

Freshers' Fair 2018
Freshers' Fair 2018

Hundreds of new students have enjoyed a series of welcome activities, including social events and introductory sessions from University course leaders, as the new academic year got underway at the University of West London. 

In addition to the series of events organised by UWL’s Students’ Union – voted the top Student Union in the UK this year at the annual National Union of Students Awards - the University also put on a series of welcome talks from members of the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Team. These talks attracted a high turnout of new students as they embark on the first days of their University career. 

Meanwhile, alongside the series of events, UWL’s health and wellbeing team have been reaching out to new and returning students across campus to ensure that they feel fully supported and have access all the help they need as they settle in to the new academic year. The team provides health and welfare services to students, including the innovative U@UWL messaging service, delivering practical advice direct to students’ mobile phones.  

Students at the 2018 Freshers' Fair

Sara Raybould, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Student Experience said: 'I was delighted to be able to deliver the University’s welcome talks to our new students. Attendance was high and I was really impressed by how engaged and ready our new students were to fully immerse themselves into life at UWL. My focus is about ensuring that every student on campus enjoys their time here and has everything they need to fulfil their academic potential. As I mentioned in the welcome talks, our ethos is very much “if you need us, just ask”. We’re all here to help.' 

Kat Hackshaw, Student Union President, adds: 'This has been such a fantastic Freshers; we have welcomed over 2500 new students to UWL and have guided them through the enrolment process. We’ve been lucky enough to talk to nearly every single new student through our Big Conversation project that will help us improve their University experience. We’ve also provided them with an amazing sell-out programme of entertainment. We’re delighted that so many students, old and new, have already started engaging with us and we’re really excited for the year ahead.'

The welcome talks and activities are the first stage of induction process for new students at UWL. Later this month there will be further talks and activities geared up to help them gradually acclimatise to life on campus. 

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