What is Welcome 2019?

Welcome 2019 is a varied and vibrant programme of activities and events designed to welcome you to Nottingham Trent University. This year we have over 500 activities for you to get involved in, which we hope will help you to make friends whilst also giving you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with your surroundings and try something new! Many activities are repeated throughout the week, and most are either free or heavily subsidised. We feel confident that Welcome 2019 offers something for everyone!

Making Welcome 2019 work for you

Our diverse and inclusive student community is formed of students from all walks of life. Undergraduates. Postgraduates. Full-time students. Part-time students. Distance learners. Students from the UK. Students from the EU. Students from all around the world. School Leavers. Mature students. Student parents. Students with caring responsibilities. Care leavers. Disabled students. Students of all faiths, and of none. Ethnic minority students. LGBT+ students. Students living in halls. Students living at home. And everything in between.

I'd make an effort to go out with people from halls or to throw yourself into the organised events for non-traditional students. You'll never have the opportunity again to spend an entire week making connections with people - don't waste it!

Rich Bromhall, PhD in English
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Welcome 2019 is your introduction to your new student community. It’s full of opportunities to make friends with people you identify with as well as meet and learn from those of other backgrounds and cultures. Whilst the people you live with and study alongside may well become your friends for life, many people meet their soul-sisters (and brothers!) by searching out people with similar interests or backgrounds at society events, sports sessions, language tasters, drop-in sessions and trips and tours, or just by bumping into them at a lunch or BBQ event. Every Welcome 2019 event is a chance to make a friend. There are over 500 of those chances listed on this website. Go get ‘em!

Welcome 2019 for different student groups

Welcome 2019 offers something for everyone, but we recognise that some groups of students might find it more of a challenge than others to get involved. We’ve asked several students from these groups to tell us about their own experiences of Welcome and their top tips for new students. Read more here.

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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You are not alone

Starting at university can be an overwhelming experience for some people, and if you find yourself feeling homesick, anxious or out of place, you are not alone. If Welcome 2019 isn’t working for you, please let us know. We have lots of support in place to help you settle in.

Feel free to pop along to one of our Welcome 2019 information points for a chat with our friendly welcome team. We’ll be on hand to listen without judgement, offer advice, suggest events that might work for you, and signpost you to the right people if you’re in need of any further support.

Nino Briffa

The more you get involved, the more you will get out of it. It's important to realise that everyone is feeling nervous whatever their age, and everybody is trying to find their way around this new experience. Making contact with other students, mature or otherwise, will help you feel more involved in student life and open the doors to other opportunities.

Nino Briffa, BA (Hons) Product Design
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Lena Rueff

It’s fine if you don’t know anybody; go along to the event anyway!

Lena Rueff, BSc (Hons) Physics with Forensic Applications
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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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Natalie Bullin

You will be nervous, and it probably will be slightly awkward at first, but don’t let it stop you from going to places alone, you will meet people and they may turn out to be your best friend!

Natalie Bullin, LLB (Hons) Law (Sandwich)
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