Freshers Fayre welcomes new students to Lincoln

The Freshers Fayre at the Engine Shed welcomed new Lincoln students to the city with essential guides, competitions and projects to get involved in.

The week beginning September 23 saw the first wave new Lincoln students move to the city, with around 3,000 undergraduates enrolling at the University of Lincoln and Bishop Grosseteste welcoming 700.

Appearing at the Commercial Fayre at The Engine Shed on September 24, were popular club nights, local organisations, healthcare and food stalls; all offering essential information about the city and its facilities.

Among the stalls were representatives from the University of Lincoln library: “The facilities at the library have undergone expansion and changes so days like today enable us to inform and advise”, said Rachel Farrow from the library team.

University students from all years and campus’ enjoyed the many freebies on offer and many took advantage of maps and vouchers for exploring the city.

First year history student Georgina said: “I think the city is the main thing that brought me here. Studying History, I was drawn to the beautiful Cathedral and Castle.”

Keenan, a new business student said: “I come from the Middle East and I chose Lincoln because my parents and I value the small community feel. I feel as though I have support here if I need it.”

Second year students Olivia and Emma said” “we still find the fayres really useful, we love all the freebies like Domino’s.”

Lincolnshire Police spoke to students about getting involved with community volunteer opportunities as well as staging a few competitions.

“Today we are reaching out to communities” said special constable Rob Payne. “We have been giving people the chance to try on the gear which has also proved very popular.”

Assistant volunteer coordinator for the Lincolnshire Police volunteer centre Rebecca Rushton spoke to students to recommend supporting roles.: “We have been looking at the coroner’s office and work within the community.

“So far, we have had a lot of interest from psychology students who are looking for a job within the community. We offer such a broad range of opportunities with a view improve employability at the end of it.”

The programme of welcoming events at The Engine Shed is packed full of useful and entertaining opportunities such as a Sports Fayre on September 25 and a Societies Fayre on September 26. Visit the SU programme for more information.