Lincoln SU to hold a virtual Freshers Week

This means no freshers fayre, gig or club nights in the Engine Shed are to take place

With the new academic year approaching, the University of Lincoln’s Students’ Union has started to address questions concerning the practicalities of ‘Welcome Week’, or ‘Freshers’, under the uni’s new social distancing measures.

It was previously reported by The Lincoln Tab the new plans put in place by the University of Lincoln to allow for social distancing when students return in the Autumn.

In a social media post, Lincoln Students’ Union announced the cancellation of traditional ‘Freshers Week’ events, listing all annual fayres, gigs and club nights held in the Engine Shed are not to take place this year as impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Honouring current government guidance, any Freshers Wristbands, Platinum Cards, or tickets for such events will not be sold. The SU website reads, “the health and safety of our members is our absolute priority”, and promises, with the hope of relaxed Coronavirus legislation, to continue to host larger gatherings, such as Quack! and live music events, later in the academic year.

As third-parties across Lincoln continue to promote independent ‘Freshers’ events, the SU strongly discourages students from purchasing tickets as the same government restrictions will prevent any large-scale events taking place. we have reached July; we know that our prospective and returning…

Posted by University of Lincoln Students' Union on Friday, 3 July 2020

Rather than hosting traditional ‘Freshers’ events, the Lincoln Students’ Union and University plan to hold a variety of both online and on-campus activities to ensure the safety of returning and prospective students.

In accordance with social-distancing measures, students can expect events including “an outdoor cinema, virtual fayres, social sport sessions, food-markets, and other outdoor catering options”, along with plenty of outdoor and covered spaces to relax and socialise. Ensuring a fun and safe return to university life, the SU is hopeful to keep these activities and social areas beyond just the first week of term.

The SU continues: “Students will have the opportunity to explore and communicate with the SU’s sports team and societies through a series of virtual fayres.”

With this, the University also ensures that safe taster and training sessions will still be available for students to experience the sports teams and societies before deciding to join.

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