Last year saw our first ever Welcome Week open the new academic year, and you helped design every step, resulting in a packed programme of events in an inclusive, vibrant and distinctive experience of arriving for the first time as a student at Warwick.
In collaboration with the Students’ Union, opportunities and services were showcased through over 1,100 events and new students were able to build their own timetable on the basis of interest, want and need.
And it payed off. Of 4,000 students who filled in the Warwick Student Experience Survey, 92% were satisfied with their arrival experience, in particular orientation, registration, formal welcome and meeting academic staff.
Find out what some of our student bloggers thought of Welcome Week as new students:
Devyn Attwood – Film & Television Studies
As a fresher who started at Warwick this year, I found Welcome Week to be very useful. Having a week with no lecturers or seminars was definitely helpful as it gave me time to settle in without the added pressure of academic work. During Welcome Week I went to Reflektor at the SU, saw Black Panther at the student cinema, attended a tour of the library and the Welcome Fair. These events during Welcome Week allowed me to get to know my flatmates and people from my course better, while also allowing me to become more familiar with the campus (plus I also picked up some free pizza!) I'm glad I got to experience Welcome Week as it made my transition to university easier and more enjoyable.
Abi Booth – Centre for Applied Linguistics
As a fresher I was extremely nervous about starting university and Welcome Week was everything required to get myself settled in! The events within the daytime such as the society fairs, as well as the welcome activities within my department were both helpful and engaging. Furthermore, the evening events, particularly those in the Copper Rooms provided an exciting atmosphere! I felt that Welcome Week offered something for every kind of fresher, suiting a range of needs.
Graham Ricketts – Centre for Lifelong Learning
I'm a mature student but didn't feel out of place during Welcome Week. as I felt welcomed all over the campus. There was an amazing buzz everywhere. The societies that were on display together with the academic information that was available was very informative and diverse.
Just walking around the university, discovering the library and other faculties, I knew I had made the right choice in coming to Warwick!
Hear more from our student bloggers over on Our Warwick.