Hundreds of students converge on Cumbria as Fresher's Week looms

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Tomorrow heralds the arrival of hundreds of new students to university campuses across Cumbria.

Freshers - new first year students - and their families are set to swarm around the University of Cumbria's Fusehill Street and Brampton Road sites in Carlisle.

Registration for courses for the new students will be taking place between 10am and 2pm.

The same will happen in Ambleside on Monday.

University bosses and leaders of its independent Students' Union have joined forces to ensure new and returning students are well cared for and find out more about where they will spend the next three of four years while they are studying locally.

Teaching graduate Hannah Pryce, now community and partnership officer at the Students' Union, is part of the team planning for the influx.

She said: "We've sent out 1,500 packs to prospective students and this week marks the start of a very busy period for us.

"We've recruited something like 30 team leaders and we've also got a great army of Welcome Helpers. There's about 100 of them in total and that working across Carlisle and Lancaster."

Copies of the latest edition of the Students' Union publication - The Squealer - have also been sent out to all students who are set to register for courses this weekend.

"We combine this first edition of the year with our Welcome Guide," said Hannah.

"As the union we've got lots of night-time events planned, and they are always well supported.

"We've also designed a series of day-time events too to engage with our variety of students. We can have professionals joining us, students coming straight after A-levels and mature students coming back into learning so we want to do something to suit them all."

Tomorrow events kick off with student survival guides to halls of residence at Carlisle's two university campuses.

Dave Wilson, the University of Cumbria's wellbeing manager, leads a programme of pioneering support for students.

More staff have been employed to help new arrivals.

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