Date of release: Thursday, September 15, 2016

Freshers 2016Rapper Professor Green is topping the bill for this year's Freshers' Ball, part of an action-packed month of activities to welcome new students to the university.

An unprecedented range of Freshers' activities will give new recruits a chance to get to know the university – and each other. A packed programme of outings, social and educational events is on offer, alongside introductions to the academic side of the university.

Ideas from students have shaped this year's plans. For example, there is a new event for "early starters" on professional programmes – such as teaching and nursing – who begin their studies a week ahead of others.

The university has not forgotten "commuter" students either; for the first time, a dedicated day of activities will be run for those who live off-campus. International students will enjoy a week-long welcome programme that is bigger than ever, including golf, tag rugby and a West End theatre trip to see the Lion King.

The Students' Union will be at the heart of the Freshers' action. "We can't wait to say #hellogreenwich to our new members as they arrive on campus," says Scarlett Dempsey, President.

"This year we are using Freshers' time to start talking about why we are #ProudToBeGRE and why everyone else should be too. Students will be spoilt for choice, with events ranging from IKEA trips to treasure hunts, pub quizzes and the LGBT+ picnic. The highlight, of course, will be our spectacular Freshers' Ball at Ministry of Sound."

Professor Judith Burnett, the Pro Vice-Chancellor responsible for student experience says: "Students tell us that their first experiences of university are really important. We've planned a great range of events to help them settle in, make friends and make the most of university life.

"They'll be meeting tutors and classmates. The Freshers' programme is no longer limited to a single week – it runs through most of September, giving students lots of opportunities to join in with campus, Faculty and university-wide events. It's been a great team effort to put all of this together, so many thanks to the Students' Union, the Faculties and the Professional Services."

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