Carlisle, Lancaster and Ambleside are set to welcome an influx of twelve hundred new students who will join the University of Cumbria for the first time this week (16 September.)
Studying subjects ranging from arts to zoology and joining from all over the UK, the new arrivals will bring added vibrancy to the communities they will call home for the next few years. With some away moving away from home for the first time, the university and Students Union have worked hard to make all welcome and introduce them to the areas where they will be living and working.
The traditional fixture of Fresher’s week – nights out around bars and clubs – are still planned but there are a growing number of alternative attractions, all aimed at introducing the new arrivals to their course mates and local community.
“We’ve wine and cheese nights, movie and pizza nights as well as tea tasting,” Rachel O’Donovan from the Student Union said. “A lot of the line-up this year comes from our societies whom we have supported so that they can run their own events throughout the two weeks. In addition to that we have a lot of support from the university and it is great to have such a cooperative relationship.”
Students wanting to find work or join the significant number who already volunteer with community groups as varied as the Samaritans to animal welfare charities will be able to find out more information thanks to a series of drop in sessions organised by SU and university staff.
Nightwise, a campaign which promotes responsible safe sexual and mental health behaviour, is also to be expanded.
“One student was reunited with her mobile phone as they had completed one of our Nightwise cards which was in the back of their phone case,” Amy Kenworthy, welfare and support officer for the University of Cumbria Students Union, said. “The Nightwise cards also ensured a student was called when their friend needed some support after an incident on a night out.”
In Lancaster sport and fitness events have also been organised ranging from archery and latino dance to self-defence and running tours. A historic spooky tour of Lancaster and orienteering in the city’s Williamson Park have also been arranged.
In Carlisle sport and fitness events have also been organised ranging from archery and latino dance to self-defence and running tours. Local politicians have been invited to take part in a question time style event in the Learning Gateway on Fusehill Street while a nature walk is among events planned for new arrivals at the Brampton Road campus.
Meanwhile in Ambleside a film night and live music are among events arrange for students joining forestry, conservation, geography and paramedics courses at the Ambleside campus.
“The arrival of new students to the university brings vitality and vibrancy not just to the campus but to the community too,” Signy Henderson, dean for student success, said. “Our students make a vital contribution to the culture and economy of Carlisle, Lancaster and Ambleside and we’re delighted they’ve chosen to join a university that is firmly embedded in the communities of Cumbria and north Lancashire.”
Pictured: Ready to welcome, Shelby Mercer, Amy Kenworthy and Devon Howes.
Film courtesy of ITV Border News