More than 3,500 new students have arrived at De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester as they prepare to start their studies next week.
A host of information and entertainment was laid on for Welcome Weekend at the DMU's Campus Centre and the new arrivals were treated to a showcase of the vibrant activities they can take part in during their time at the university.
Students also met representatives of De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU) and learned how they can get involved with its volunteering department which helped students log more than 16,000 hours of volunteer time in 2011.
They can also be a part of the 150 DSU sports teams and societies, which range from football and rugby to ultimate frisbee and parkour (free-running).
Performances will run throughout the weekend outside the Campus Centre building, included DMU’s Saints Cheerleader troupe, the Bhangra Society and the famous DMU Steppers, a dance group made up of students from the university’s African-Caribbean Society.
There was also a chance to visit DMU's brand new £8 million leisure centre which opened in summer 2012 and is already proving tremendously popular due to its state-of-the-start facilities – including a 25 metre six lane swimming pool, climbing wall, gym and eight court sports hall.
Students also found out about DMU's new Student Gateway - the central place for students to go for support and help on everything from money to counselling, and from careers advice to finding part-time work.
This week, the new students are being greeted by DMU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard in a series of ‘Matriculation’ ceremonies - the name given to the traditional welcome for new students arriving on campus.
At each half hour ceremony Professor Shellard will tell students – who will also be welcomed to their faculty by their Dean – what they can expect from their time at DMU.
“We constantly strive to strengthen the student experience at DMU and maintain our distinction as an innovative university," he said.
"Most matriculation ceremonies follow a traditional format but, as you might expect from a university renowned for its creativity, our approach will be anything but. They will instead be a celebration of our new students’ potential to excel in their studies and achieve great things during their time at DMU.”
For more information about matriculation ceremonies and Freshers' Week, students should visit the DMU student pages.
Posted on Wednesday 19th September 2012