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Get student life off to a GREat start

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Students at the University of Greenwich can take advantage of a festival which can help them get off to a GREat start.

Students at the University of Greenwich can take advantage of a festival which can help them get off to a GREat start.

September’s GREFest is a mix of virtual and live events packed full of wellbeing, study skills, employability and online support events.

There are lunchtime sessions every day from Monday 6 to Friday 10 September looking at university study.

Fellow students will be on hand to talk about their university experiences, and university support staff will be able to answer any questions.

The idea behind these sessions is to help anyone who might be feeling a little anxious about starting.

The sessions are:

Monday 6 September: First steps to getting settled.

Tuesday 7 September: Developing uni skills.

Wednesday 8 September: What resources and services can you expect?

Thursday 9 September: GREFest our Festival of Skills.

Friday 10th September: Preparing to Learn Online.

The following week (13-17 September) features a host of live and recorded resources to help students make the most of their studies.

These are for new undergraduate students, continuing students or a postgraduate students. All the Main Stage GREFest sessions have been designed to help students to better understand the skills needed to develop and succeed at university.

There are other tents as part of the festival, including: Be Well Tent: Introducing the Student Wellbeing Service, Employability and Student Finance support teams. International Students can also find sessions to help adjust to life in the UK.

Info Tent: Answering questions about logins, passwords, accessing the Portal, hooking up to the university Wi-Fi and more.

Festival Fun: At GREFest not everything is about work and study. There is also the Amusement Tent, the Food Tent and The Chillout Zone.

There are two sessions for international students. Wednesday 15 September is the International Students' Meet Up where students can find out about the International Welcome Programme on Moodle. It has all the information needed to start as a Greenwich international student. There will be the chance to meet other students and ask questions.

On Thursday 16 September the university’s chaplains, Lynne and Kirsten, host Adjusting to life in the UK. Both have many years’ experience of living and working cross-culturally. It promises to be a fun, informative and interactive introduction to British culture.

There will be tips and advice on how to manage the transition between other countries and the UK. The university’s online International Welcome Programme is specifically designed to give access to all the information needed to prepare for life as a student in the UK. There are tips on what can be done before leaving home and some things to do once here. There is also a free subscription to the UK Survival Service and discounts on airport transfers.