As we head into a new academic year, I really want to thank all of you across the University who I know are doing so much to welcome new and returning students to Warwick over the coming days. Arrivals Weekend and the start of term is a truly exciting, but also stressful time. Staff from many teams play a significant role in welcoming students: helping international students get here safely from the airports ahead of Orientation; helping students to settle into their accommodation; managing enrolment; signposting to support services; helping students plan their module choices; showing them how to use our library services; ensuring the campus is a safe and attractive environment; showcasing the work experience and extra-curricular opportunities they can access - and much more. I am immensely grateful for the collective effort of all colleagues and, indeed, our friends across the region, who help create the welcoming, stimulating and supportive environment our students deserve, so that they can make the very most of their time at Warwick.
A new academic year is a new beginning for the thousands of students, from all over the world, who are joining us for the first time. It is a new chapter for the many more who are returning to continue their courses. This is one of the most important points in our institutional calendar, whatever our roles at the University, and however much we have worked over the summer. It is one where our collective effort really does make a difference.
This year is also the first time I’ve welcomed these new and returning students to Warwick as Vice-Chancellor. Reflecting on what to say to them, in welcome letters and in my start of term addresses, I am struck by how much I am proud to share with them. From our new Library 24/7 opening hours and the new teaching and learning building, to the huge range of support services and committed expert colleagues who are there to help them at Warwick. Of course, there are areas where we can and should improve, and I hope our students work with us to make genuine improvements to our student experience. What I am most proud to do is to welcome them to the Warwick community and to see them play their part in shaping Warwick’s future.
Thank you for all you do to support this, and best of luck for the coming year.