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University of Bristol set to welcome over 21,000 students to the city

Students enjoy the Welcome Fair on the Harbourside in 2014

Press release issued: 17 September 2015

The University of Bristol will be welcoming over 21,000 students to the city over the next week as the new academic year begins.

Over 100 events have been organised for the 8,000 new undergraduates and postgraduates during Welcome Week [20 to 25 September], culminating in the Welcome Fair on the Harbourside on Friday, organised by the University of Bristol Students’ Union (Bristol SU). 

Millennium Square, Waterfront Square and the Amphitheatre will be transformed into a bustling marketplace of stalls, live music, and performances from societies, sports clubs, University services and local businesses.

The event is designed to welcome new students to university and showcase the opportunities on offer, drawing over 10,000 students who come to find out about the 300 plus clubs and societies they can join.

Tom Phipps, Union Affairs Officer at Bristol SU, said: “It's great to see students returning to the city following the summer break. They play a big role in city life, raising more than £100,000 for local charities annually and contributing 100,000 hours of volunteering in the community each year.

“Many fall in love with Bristol and go on to settle here after graduation, further contributing to the cultural vibrancy and economy of the city.”

A new feature of the welcome programme this year is a workshops on sexual consent for all first year students in halls of residence as part of a partnership between the University and Bristol SU to improve sexual conduct on campus.

For the full Welcome Week programme, see the Bristol SU website. Advice for new undergraduates and postgraduate students is also available. 

Further information

Follow the Welcome Week activity on social media with the #startbristoluni hashtag, on the Welcome Week Tagboard or via @BristolUni and @Bristol_SU on Twitter. 

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