University of Leicester launches Fabulous First Year for students

Posted by er134 at Sep 20, 2016 10:46 AM |
New app and student support services part of new initiative to ensure students make the most of their time at university

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 20 September 2016

Images of the newly refurbished Students’ Union SHOP! available to download at:

The University of Leicester has launched its Fabulous First Year initiative designed to support students to access the range of services and opportunities available to them at university.

A new app called MyUoL is now available to all University of Leicester students and allows them to access daily university information in one place including timetables, library search and university news.

Students who download the app will be given a free portable mobile phone charger at the ‘Make the Most of You’ launch event on Thursday 29 September in the Freshers’ marquee in the centre of campus – which will also feature street performers and fun activities for students.

On Tuesday 27 September, first year and foundation students will attend a Matriculation ceremony at De Montfort Hall, a new event formally welcoming them to the institution as well as outlining what they can expect from the University of Leicester over the course of their degree.

The Residence Life Programme is designed to help students settle in to their new accommodation, make friends and have fun; hosting a range of events to suit all tastes including sports, games, quizzes and the arts.

Students will also be offered a friendly face before they even start university with the Peer Monitoring Scheme. They will be paired with a University mentor to welcome them, share experiences and provide informal advice.

The city of Leicester has recently been announced as the top city for sport and the University echoes this sentiment with their ‘Something for everyone sport’ initiative - offering students the chance to take part in sport and fitness activities whether they want to do so competitively or just for fun.

Students will be offered career-enhancing experiences and hands-on support from the University’s award-winning Career Development Service right from the offset with opportunities to gain a Leicester Award - a personal skills development programme recognised on their final academic transcripts and Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).

Professor Mark Peel, Provost at the University of Leicester, said: “We know that the first few weeks of each new student’s journey is a crucial time. This is when students start to feel connected and start to feel that this is their university. Our Fabulous First Year initiative puts our new students at the centre of our concerns and helps ensure that they begin to develop the approach to university study and university life that will help them flourish.”

The University of Leicester Students’ Union also has a whole host of events and activities for this year’s Freshers’ week starting Monday 26 September, featuring the likes of 90s phenomenon the Chuckle Brothers, rapper and MC Big Narstie and chart-topper Becky Hill.

Not all events are centred on alcohol either, students can find out about the clubs, services and societies on campus and grab some freebies from local businesses at the Fresh Fair on 26 and 27 September in the Students’ Union building.

Over the summer, the former Career Development Service space in the Percy Gee Building has been transformed into a fresh and dynamic campus SHOP! which will sell gig and club night tickets, NUS cards, bus passes, newspapers, stationery and merchandise, offer print collection, binding and a whole lot more. The Career Development Service is now situated in the Charles Wilson Building.

A Volunteer and Well-Fair event will take place on Wednesday 28 September which offers students the chance to find out about ways to enhance their CVs with volunteering opportunities within the Students’ Union.

On Thursday 29 September students are invited to the Find Your Campus Festival where they can take part in a range of activities in order to familiarise themselves with the campus. These include taking a yoga class on the Fielding Johnson lawn, a photography workshop in the Students’ Union Square and a treasure hunt in the Students’ Union Building.

On Friday 30 September, the Students’ Union will be hosting the Hello Leicester Festival, showcasing the best the city has to offer and giving students the chance to discover what Leicester is truly about. Local food and drink, live music and entertainment will take over the University campus including a vintage fair, poster sale, climbing wall, fun fair games and crazy golf.

Students have also been invited to get creative with the University of Leicester Students’ Union logo and share their designs about who they are or what they want to become via social media.

Three winners will be chosen from the funniest and most extraordinary creations in October and prizes include an iPad, £100 worth of Amazon vouchers and vouchers to spend on food and drink on campus.

Georgie Tansell, Marketing Sales and Events Manager at the University of Leicester Students’ Union, said: “We are so excited to welcome our new and existing students back to Leicester for this year’s Freshers’ Week. Not only do we have a whole range of events and activities on offer – we are also excited for everyone to see the new campus SHOP! - which officially opened its doors on Monday 19 September.”

For more information about Fabulous First Year visit:

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For a full line-up of events during Freshers’ Week visit:



Notes to editors:

For more information contact:

Marie Muir, University of Leicester at:

Georgie Tansell, Students’ Union at:

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