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.

Being organised is vital. Although that’s such a simple tip which I’m sure you will have been told time and time again it really does pay off.

Lisan Hemstock, LLB Law (Hons) Full Time
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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!

Ghazi Maraqa

Attend as many events as possible.

Ghazi Maraqa, MSc Management & Human Resource Management
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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.

Karen Nkhata

Attend different events regardless of whether you have someone to go with you; you might miss out on a great opportunity if you don’t!

Karen Nkhata, Law (Hons) LLB
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Although it might feel nerve-wracking at times, try and meet as many new students as possible. The best way to do so is by joining one or more of the many Societies and attending local events.

Rynelle Oliver, MSc Psychological Well-being and Mental Health
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Join your Facebook course and halls pages if you have not done so already.

Sophie Mumford, BA (Hons) Health and Social Care
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Sarah Swanwick

Welcome can be overwhelming, so take time to step back and let the experience sink in.

Sarah Swanwick, BA (Hons) Health and Social Care
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