Sep 18 2018
Saturday 22 September is the first day of Arrivals Weekend, marking the beginning of Welcome Week and the start of the 2018/19 academic year.

Over the weekend students will move into halls of residence across the campus and many of us will be working hard to support our undergraduates to make the transition to student life and welcoming our postgraduate students and helping them to settle in.

Returning students will hopefully notice the improvements and upgrades that have happened over the summer. The installation of Windows 10 across our student-facing PCs and the upgrade of the virtual learning environment, Moodle, will offer an enhanced digital experience and improved system reliability. The new Beatrice Shilling Building will provide improved spaces for learning, such as two modern lecture theatres, a computer lab, seminar rooms and meeting spaces and the Students’ Union’s newly refurbished Medicine creates a flexible, modern location that can easily be adapted for a variety of extra-curricular activity. 

There are lots of familiar events in Welcome Week and this year we are holding our first Festival of Volunteering (Wednesday 26 September). The Festival is a showcase of volunteering opportunities for students with activities ranging from inspiring workshops and expert panels, led by some leading names in the voluntary sector, to a film screening and alumni coaching. It’s a great opportunity for our students to get involved and learn about volunteering opportunities in their first week.

I’d like to thank everyone who is working hard to welcome our new and returning students. Arrivals Weekend and the start of term is an exciting time and the enthusiasm of our students reminds us all about why we are here and the difference we can make through knowledge and education.  

Professor Paul Layzell