As the new term began, more than 500 students attended the Freshers’ Fayre at Hugh Baird College’s L20 Building. With a mixture of 14-16 College, FE and HE students, the event provided a lively mix of stand holders offering practical advice, information and giveaways.
As well as the College’s own Library and Resource Centre, Careers and Enrichment teams, there were representatives from organisations such as Merseytravel, Mermaids, Sefton Sexual Health Services, Diabetes UK, Merseyside Police and the Samaritans. There were opportunities to try out the food served in the Balliol Refectory too with free samples from Taylor Shaw.
Public Services Military Prep students, Olivia Geddes and Bethany Rhodes, liked the mix of stands and information and were glad their tutor had encouraged them to attend. Olivia said:
“I liked that you were given stuff to take away with you. There was lots to take in so it is good to have all the leaflets and information to read later. There was advice on looking after your mental health while you’re at college too and I know now where to go if I ever want to talk to someone and that there’s always someone at the end of the phone if you need advice.”
Higher Education design student, Lucy Platt, is studying towards the UCLan validated BA (Hons) Design (Foundation Entry) at the Hugh Baird University Centre and said:
“It was great to get discount offers from Blackwell’s Books…and the popcorn from Taylor Shaw was good too!”
Current students from across the College got involved with welcoming the new students too. Thornton College students encouraged freshers to join in with giant snakes and ladders and jenga games, whilst Cadets from the Public Services courses took on marshalling duties.
The annual Freshers’ event is coordinated as part of the College’s Health and Wellbeing programme and Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, Janine Hopewell, said:
“Our Freshers will spend a lot of time at the College over the coming year so this event at the start of their first term gives us a chance to showcase the support, information and healthy initiatives we offer, as well as introducing them to some of the local services they could access. Whether it’s providing free breakfasts, support with smoking cessation or community safety advice, all of our programmes are designed to help promote a healthier lifestyle, including both physical and mental wellbeing. We hope that the messages we promote during their time with us will be carried through to their working lives.”
Even though our term is in full swing, there’s still time to apply for a course and start this September! So, if you are still undecided or want to change your mind about the school or college you’ve chosen, simply apply online or contact our Student Advice Team on 0151 353 4444.