Overview of Freshers' Events

Overview of Freshers' Events

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Birmingham Freshers' Event

      Why host a Freshers' Event?

      Many Alumni Groups host pre-arrival Freshers’ Events in August and September for students starting a course at the University in Michaelmas Term. Freshers’ Events provide an opportunity for incoming students to make new friends, ask questions and get an idea of what to expect when they arrive. Attendees can benefit greatly from speaking to current students, recent graduates and alumni offering information and advice about living and studying at Cambridge.

      Groups can benefit enormously from hosting a Freshers' Event

      • They are fun and easy to organise
      • You will make a direct and considerable difference towards helping new students prepare for university
      • They provide an opportunity for your Group to engage with students and keep in touch with the University. Attendees are the potential Group members of the future
      • You can rally organisational help from other Group members and recruit volunteers, such as current students and recent graduates, to help out on the day
      • You will be supported throughout the process by the University’s Alumni Engagement team

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        Not sure whether to host a Freshers' Event?

        Why not contact one of last year’s organisers with your questions, or attend one of this year’s events for inspiration? Simply contact the Alumni Engagement team to be put in touch with an experienced organiser.

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        2021 Highlights

        • There were 26 events: 10 in the UK and 16 international. Of these, 16 were in-person events and 9 were held online. One was a hybrid event (both in-person and online)
        • Events were attended by 289 incoming students. 59% of attendees were undergraduates and 36% postgraduates 
        • 91% of organisers and 97% of attendees who completed a follow-up survey were either satisfied or very satisfied with the event they either hosted or attended
        • The organiser of the Oxford and Cambridge Society of Barcelona won a £50 Ryder & Amies voucher, having submitted their attendee registration form to the Alumni Engagement team within seven days of their event
        • 366 current students and recent graduates registered to volunteer at a Freshers’ Event; 49 were booked to an event

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          2021 Testimonials from organisers 

          • “This year was one of the most successful […] – not least because we had 6 excellent current student volunteers. The registration system for freshers and volunteers was very good.”
          • “Great support from alumni office and current students.”
          • “I think it is worth it for those going up [to Cambridge] and they are more likely to see the university as a life long commitment.”
          • “This was the first one we hosted; and frankly we are now sorry we haven't done that before.”
          • “We had great participation from the volunteers.”

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          2021 Testimonials from attendees

          • “It was useful to hear people's experiences of the University as a whole, as most of the other events I have attended were college-focused.”
          • “The hosts were very welcoming and very attentive to everyone and every question.”
          • “The [current] students were approachable and willing to help/answer all questions.”
          • “It was nice to meet the other freshers and find out that everyone was equally nervous.”
          • “I loved it. There was no over-formality.”
          • “It felt like I was speaking with friends and it definitely alleviated any stresses or fears I had about coming […] to Cambridge.”
          • “Getting to know people before I went and debunking some of the myths about Cambridge.”
          • “A lot of the information was reassuring.”
          • “It was a great chance to […] hear how current students found life at Cambridge and […] being so far from home.”

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          2021 Testimonials from current student and recent graduate volunteers

          • “I felt like I made a difference.”
          • “It was really nice meeting people from close to home with similar experiences of Cambridge.”
          • “I really felt that my time and advice had been useful to the attendees.”
          • “It was very fun and relaxed and volunteering was as valuable an experience as being an attendee of the event.”
          • “No prep and very gratifying.”
          • “I would certainly recommend this volunteer opportunity.”
          • “Low-commitment way to make the introduction for freshers more enjoyable.”

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