The week was an opportunity for students to get to know the university, their academics, fellow students and each other; as well as to find out about the Students' Union and the different support and services available to them. A range of activities and events were on offer to introduce new students to the campus, the local area and London. Springboards, the School’s dedicated team of undergraduates who help new students with the transition from school to university, were also on hand to help new students settle in, which included a treasure hunt for freshers that have since received positive feedback.
Lead by students for students, the Geography Society (or GeogSoc) intertwines passions for learning, development and exploration. They welcome a vast array of students from a diverse spectrum of backgrounds (from the Maldives to Malaysia to Brazil), which is something that QMUL and the School of Geography values and prides itself on. “We have found this cohesive connection contributes to academic and social development and everlasting global friendships; and we work closely with the School to deliver legendary social events such as karaoke, laser tag, go-karting, quizzes, sporting activities and other outings – there really is something for everyone!” said second year environmental scientist, Jason Lynch, this year’s President of GeogSoc. “For example, this year’s freshers week pizza party was a great successful boasting record numbers for any GeogSoc event and feedback was really encouraging giving us momentum for planning further events this academic year”, he added. “We are working towards hosting some high profile events such as a Climate Change Awareness Week which is one of the most pressing matters we face in the present day,” he concluded.
GeogSoc and Springboards worked alongside each other at Welcome Fair during Welcome Week – a fair where new students can find out about and join one or more of the 160 clubs, societies and sports that Queen Mary Students’ Union has on offer.