New students and their parents may feel nervous about the first few weeks at University – that’s normal. Your son or daughter may be worried about living in a new environment and making new friends. At Bangor, an induction programme that includes organised activities during Welcome Week – a whole week of activities before academic work begins that aims to help new students settle in as quickly as possible. Bangor will soon feel like home!
First week at Bangor
Induction activities include introductory sessions in the academic School, an official welcome from the Vice-Chancellor and Students' Union President, and a number of workshops on, for example, finding part-time work, budgeting and handy money tips, health and safety in halls and Schools.
As well as providing a number of social activities, the academic Schools use Welcome Week to introduce students to their personal tutor, and to assist students to make their module choices. Library tours are organised; students have an opportunity to sign up to study skills classes, and we have a number of social and learing spaces for students’ use and a range of educational technology including the Blackboard online learning environment with course notes, discussion boards and much more.
The social events and entertainment put on by the Students' Union are also an important part of Welcome Week. In addition to a wide range of social activities, the Students' Union also organises a Fair, called Serendipity, in which all the Union Clubs and Societies take part to encourage new students to join. Also during Welcome Week, the Athletic Union organises 'have a go' sessions for every conceivable sport, so students have an insight into the new opportunities which are open to them at Bangor University.
They've been there, done that and they'll be wearing the t-shirt during Welcome Week. Bangor is renowned for the warm welcome we offer new students and much of this is due to our highly successful Peer Guide scheme.
Bangor has one of the largest Peer Guide schemes of any university, with second and third-year students involved in a mentoring scheme to help new students settle in during the first few weeks here.
Bangor's Peer Guide Scheme was also shortlisted for an Outstanding Student Support award by the Times Higher Education, and is recognised as one of the UK's most successful mentoring schemes.
More information on the Peer Guide scheme.