Buckinghamshire New University Freshers Week

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Buckinghamshire New University Freshers Week

Buckinghamshire New University has welcomed new students for the start of term this week and arranged a full week of activities to help them settle in.

The University’s Campus in High Wycombe has seen the new faces pass through the doors and for the first time has held a welcome week, called The Bucks Welcome, to give students a rounded introduction to university life.

This included special opening ceremonies at the Wycombe Swan Theatre in High Wycombe, where students were addressed by figures including Vice Chancellor, Professor Ruth Farwell.

Naomi Franco, President of Bucks Students’ Union, and successful graduate Stuart Outhwaite, Creative Director and co-founder of advertising, design, and strategy agency, Creature, also spoke to students.

Elsewhere during the week, there have been performances from Ignition Circus (pictured left), based in Marlow, and the University’s theatre company-in-residence, Signdance Collective.

The University’s Students’ Union is also holding our annual Freshers’ Fair at the High Wycombe Campus and the University’s Campus in Oxford Road, Uxbridge.

A Health & Wellbeing Fair, with taster sessions in sports, exercise and relaxation, as well as information stands, is also taking place.

Ruth Gunstone, Director of Student Services, said: “The Bucks Welcome was designed with feedback from first-year students to ramp up the package of support that’s available for newcomers.

“We have a huge celebration around our recent graduation ceremonies and we wanted to replicate that sense of celebration during our welcome week.

“It has been an immediate opportunity for new students to settle and start making friends, both those who will be living in High Wycombe and those who will be living at home while studying.

“We hope that all of our new students are already enjoying life at Bucks and settling in well.”

Vicky Harris, who is studying BSc (Hons) Psychology, said: “It’s scary but exciting to be starting university and meeting so many new people. It’s quite crazy really but I am loving it. It’s such a difference to my life but I am already settling in and making friends.”

Main image: New students Vicky Harris, James Ellacott and Emma Kiy have started at Buckinghamshire New University this week.

Second image: Ignition Circus have provided explosive entertainment for freshers.

Third image: Graduate Stuart Outhwaite gave an inspiring talk to new students at Bucks Welcome ceremonies in the Wycombe Swan Theatre.