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27 September 2012

Cardiff and Vale College throws opens its doors to new students with its first annual Freshers’ Fayre

The new term has got off to a busy and exciting start at Cardiff and Vale College with the College welcoming thousands of new students at its first ever Freshers’ Fayre.

The Fayre – the first since the College was formed after the merger of Barry College and Coleg Glan Hafren last year - is a fun introduction to the College and provides learners with useful information and free gifts. Events were held at the College’s Barry, Parade and Trowbridge sites.

Learners from all ten College sites across the Capital Region came to see the array of activities and clubs they can get involved in at College. Cardiff Met and the University of Wales Newport, the Army, Cardiff International Pool, Careers Wales, the National Union of Students (NUS), and the New Theatre and St David’s Hall were among the external organisations represented at the event.

For the more intrepid students there was even a climbing wall courtesy of Boulders and the V-Pod interactive bus which is run in partnership between Vibe Experience and the Vale of Glamorgan Youth Service at Colcot Road in Barry.

Information was also available about the Student Union and the great offers available to members, such as discounts in shops, cinemas and restaurants. Students also found out about all aspects of College support and provision and the Student Ambassador programme – where extra money can be earned promoting the College at events throughout the year. 

NUS Wales Deputy President Raechel Mattey said:

“The Fayre has been really fantastic – it’s been great to see so many students having a look at all of the stalls and wanting to get involved in all aspects of College life.

“We’ve been working very closely with the College’s Student Union and this year the team is fantastic and I hope lots of students take part in everything that they do. I’ve been to quite a few Freshers’ Fayres as term gets under way and I think Cardiff and Vale College has definitely got the right mix – it’s great to see that the College has bought into its students rather than just thinking about getting them on to courses.”

The start of term can be a nerve wracking time for new starters, but the Freshers’ Fayre helps make the first week more exciting and provides an opportunity to meet others from across the College. Feedback received from all who attended was very positive, with the variety of stalls, advice and vouchers coming in for widespread praise. 

One students attending said: “Freshers’ Fayre has been really nice – I think it’s really different. It’s a really nice way to spend your first day. I thought College might be really boring but this is so much more different than I thought it would be.”

All learners were asked to complete a feedback form and these forms will be entered into a prize draw. Feedback received will ensure the Freshers’ Fayre will be even bigger and better when it comes back next year so that yet more students have the warmest welcome Cardiff and Vale College can offer.