What is it?

A huge programme of activities and events spread over ten days and nights, and designed to help you settle into NTU.

What’s in it for me?

Everything! If you’re nervous about starting uni – and let’s be honest, everyone is – Welcome 2019 is the perfect ice-breaker, giving you the chance to meet new people and get to grips with your surroundings. Whoever you are and whatever your interests, there’s going to be something here for everyone.

Libby Farrier-Williams

Hearing from current postgraduate students or recent alumni can be a real motivator, so look out for events that offer that opportunity.

Libby Farrier-Williams, MSc Management and Marketing
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How can I make the most of it?

Use this site, and check in as often as you can. It’s the best way of keeping up to date with everything that’s going on during Welcome 2019.

Aside from that, our advice would be to lose your inhibitions (within reason!). Everybody’s a bit self-conscious at the start of this journey, so take advantage of that and keep an open mind. Talk to people, listen to them, and embrace new opportunities. Our biggest strength is our diversity, and you’ll have the chance in these first few days to meet people from all walks of life – UK undergrads, international postgrads, care leavers, student parents, and everyone in between.

So embrace that range, seek out people with similar interests to you, and try some new things – stuff that’s outside of your comfort zone. Adventure is its own reward!

You will be nervous, but everyone else will be too. Go and explore Nottingham, get to know the surroundings. Go to events even if you’re on your own, you will meet people there.

Ed Gould, LLB Law (Hons) Full Time
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Don’t panic – we’ve got you

Feeling nervy in your first few days here? Anxious? A little homesick?

We’ll do everything we can during Welcome 2019 to help you settle in, but if things just aren’t sitting right, please let us know. Pop over to one of our Information Points, or visit our Student Support Services team – we’re on hand whether you’re looking for a quick chat, or access to some more specific help.

We know that for some of you, throwing yourself immediately into the Welcome 2019 celebrations might be more of a challenge. We’ve asked several students from these groups to tell us about their own experiences of these first few days at uni, and their top tips for new arrivals. Read more here.

Lena Rueff

It’s fine if all the people you’ve met so far want to do one thing and you’d rather do something else; there is something available for everyone and you will meet new people at every event you go to.

Lena Rueff, BSc (Hons) Physics with Forensic Applications
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I threw myself into everything during Welcome. I went to a BBQ for non-traditional students (international, local, mature, etc) and met some interesting people. If you're living in or out of halls, go to the nights out (even if you're not a drinker) just to be a part of what is going on and to be a part of the usually hilarious stories these nights produce.

Rich Bromhall, PhD in English
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In terms of opportunities, NTU has something for everyone so having a chat with a member of staff can sometimes help new students figure out what sector they are inclined to work in, or where they might like to volunteer etc. It’s never too early to network!

Rynelle Oliver, MSc Psychological Well-being and Mental Health
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Juliana Hatwell

Ask for help if you need it, and take help if it is offered.

Juliana Hatwell, BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations
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