University of Leicester welcomes families of new students

Posted by er134 at Sep 25, 2013 11:20 AM |
Family Programme Parents’ Receptions: Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September 2013

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 25 September 2013

The University of Leicester, ranked consistently in the top 20 of major national league tables, and University of the Year Award runner-up in The Times/Sunday Times Guide 2014, is extending its traditional warm welcome to parents, relatives and friends of new students, to offer them helpful information and reassurance about the place where their sons and daughters are about to start student life.

Leicester has been consistently popular in the National Student Survey, a tribute to its inclusive and accessible culture and its commitment to the support of its students as well as the quality of its academic disciplines.

Among the highlights of the survey was the University’s flagship development, the £32 million David Wilson Library, which will be open to visitors between 1pm and 5pm on each of the Family Reception days.

The receptions are held as part of the University’s Family Programme, which gives students’ families chance to share in the life of the University without intruding on their children’s freedom.

Director of Development Steve O’Connor said: “At Leicester we are committed to ensuring that parents and guardians of new students not only have access to important support and information but can also choose from a variety of opportunities to become involved in the University themselves.

“This ranges from social events and public lectures to taking up a postgraduate or distance learning course themselves or supporting our graduate careers and employability programmes. We recognise that this is the beginning of a very important relationship, not just for the students but for their families as well.”

Gill Miles, Head of the Student Support Service, commented: “The University of Leicester recognised some time ago the mixed emotions that parents can feel when their children leave for university. After the elation of successful A Level results has passed and the university place is confirmed there comes a realisation that the young person is about to move on in both education and life. The feeling can be akin to that first day at school.

“This is a transitional period for students and their parents. The University is committed to providing an environment that supports this transition and we want parents and students to be reassured by the extensive support systems across the University.”

Members of the Student Support Service will be available to talk to families, as well as the Sabbatical Officers from the Students Union. Refreshments will be available, cafés on campus will be open to serve meals and there will be displays in the foyer of the Charles Wilson Building.

Families attending the receptions held over the two days can find out about the University, its facilities and its Student Support Service. There will be welcome presentations from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Robert Burgess, Head of the Student Support Service, Gill Miles and Director of Development, Steve O’Connor.

The series of half-hour receptions start at 2pm and run until 4.30pm on each day, offering tea and biscuits as well as reassurance. The University receptions for parents of new students will take place on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September 2013.


Notes to Editors:

For more information on this please contact Rosemary Faint, Alumni Relations Officer, University of Leicester, email

For an interview contact Gill Miles, Head of the Student Support Service, email

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