How to make the most of Welcome Week

24 September 2020

After months of waiting, Welcome Week is finally on the horizon. Our Student Experience Team have compiled all the essential information you need to know about them, as well as their top tips to help you get the most from your first week at WBS.

We can’t believe that Welcome Week is now just days away! To introduce ourselves, we’re the WBS Student Experience Team: Gemma, Georgia and Charlotte. In essence, we’re a sub-team of the larger Undergraduate Programme Team who look after the administration of all aspects of your degree.

We work for, and alongside, the student community within WBS to ensure that you have the best possible student experience. This means that we seek student feedback to represent and include student voice in the continuous development of the Undergraduate Programme. We also organise community enrichment activities, have links to affiliated WBS societies, manage a suite of scholarships and the Associate Dean’s Fund, and support personal and senior tutors with student pastoral care. You get the impression; we’re a busy team! We’ve also been working on your forthcoming Welcome Week and we can’t wait for you to join us, whether you’re online or on campus.

Welcome Week is an exciting programme of events to help you get to grips with your studies at WBS, as well as making friendships and connections across our varied, global student and staff community. This year has been more complex than usual, as we’ve been faced with the ongoing pandemic, but we’re really pleased with the programme that we’re able to offer you.

The vast majority of our welcome events will be taking place online to uphold social distancing. You should be able to view all the different sessions on your Welcome Week calendar or by logging into the pre-arrival pages of my.wbs. We’re also offering special live sessions, including your ‘Welcome to WBS’ from the Dean of the School and the Undergraduate Programme Associate Dean on Tuesday 29 September. You will be able to access this via your calendar on mini-my.wbs or my.wbs from this weekend, when you’ll have full permissions to our online learning platform.

Your course director will be also be delivering live follow-ups and virtual Q&As on my.wbs on either Tuesday 29th or Wednesday 30th September; check your mini-my.wbs or my.wbs calendar at the weekend for details. We’d advise that you watch the pre-recorded  ‘Welcome to your Course’ presentation in advance. There’ll also be a live, virtual WBS Societies Fair and your joining details will be shared on my.wbs nearer the time. Make sure that you attend all the sessions so that you have all the key information about WBS and get chance to ask any questions you may have about your studies or key student groups.

Your Welcome Week extends beyond activities and events at WBS, and you should check out the University of Warwick Welcome Week schedule to find out what’s arranged online and across campus. The University are hosting a range of online events such as the Living at University Fair, Sports Fair and Societies Fair. From Saturday 26 September you’ll also find the Students' Union hosting online Virtual Escape Rooms, livestream Welcome Parties and Virtual Quiz nights.

Our biggest piece of advice? Welcome Week is the perfect opportunity to find out about life at Warwick and experience new activities, so throw yourself into all the (many!) sessions that interest you.

Look out for us at one of your online sessions next week and feel free to say ‘hi’ – we’re looking forward to meeting you and we can’t wait to welcome you to WBS!

- Gemma, Georgia and Charlotte (WBS Student Experience Team)