These plans are dependent on government guidelines and therefore subject to change.
The Students’ Union has today announced plans in an Instagram livestream for this year’s Freshers’ Week: a mixed approach of in-person activities on campus in parallel with virtual events to welcome freshers wherever they are in the world.
Government regulations permitting, on-campus events during Welcome Week will include an open-air cinema, acoustic music nights, campus challenges, The Plug & Tub pub quiz, city tours, a farmers’ market, and society tasters from the likes of Yoga and Mountaineering. They plan to repurpose Founders Hall into an indoor activities arena, complete with crazy golf, table tennis, giant football pool and other inflatables.
Unlike previous years when Founders Hall was transformed into a bar and nightclub space, students won’t be able to purchase alcohol there, so for those wishing to drink they’ll have to do so in their flats.
Meanwhile virtual events will aim to create a distanced sense of SU community with a range of activities to introduce freshers to student societies and sport groups, a virtual freshers’ fair, online escape rooms, inter-halls challenges, Netflix parties and daily evening entertainment featuring DJ sets from student and national artists.
As in previous years, a team of current students will be acting as Freshers’ Week Captains to welcome freshers to the University, doing house calls to check in on flats throughout the week and answering any questions new students may have.
The SU were keen to emphasise that although they hope these ambitious alternatives will go ahead as planned, they are of course subject to change should further restrictions, either nationally or locally, come into force.