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Welcome to our new students

16 Sep 2019 4:15PM

Students starting at the University of Suffolk this autumn filled the Regent Theatre in Ipswich today for an induction event.

Ellen Buck, Director of Learning and Teaching at the University of Suffolk, said, “Welcoming new students to our University is always a very exciting time in our academic year. This year, for the first time and thanks to the wonderful invitation from the Regent Theatre, we are able to bring everyone together to introduce them to our University, our town and our community. We are delighted to be working with the Theatre, and looking forward to celebrating the start of so many new journeys.”

Mark Whiting, Commercial Manager at Ipswich Borough Council, said, "We're delighted to be inviting so many students from the University of Suffolk to the Regent Theatre. Not only is it an ideal venue for this important event; it also provides an opportunity for students to see what East Anglia's biggest theatre has to offer in terms of entertainment. We are sure we will be welcoming many of them back for future shows."

Hilda Mtambalika will be studying Adult Nursing and said, “Before joining the University I was working as a Care Assistant in a care home and also I did my Access to Nursing course alongside my work. I love caring for people. I chose to study at the University of Suffolk as it has a good reputation; I have a few friends who have graduated already.”

Hilda met Chloe Davis at the event. Chloe will be studying Wildlife, Ecology and Conservation Science. She said, “I wanted to study animals so it’s the ideal course for me, it best suits my needs. What appealed to me the most is the class size; the classes are small so you really get to know each other and your tutors. I recently got my diploma in Applied Science at Colchester Institute and now I can’t wait to start my lectures.”

Samuel Bendei will commute from Stansted to study Digital Film Production at the University. He said, “I’m nervous but excited today. I decided on my course after working for a few years and wanting to pursue film production; that’s what I love doing.”

Shane Strange and Ana Sarracayo will both study Law and will be living in the University of Suffolk on-campus student accommodation, Athena Hall. Shane said, “I’ve always wanted to be a Lawyer, the course seems really good and the people are friendly.” Ana added, “I’m excited today, nervous too but we’ve been made to feel at ease.”

Students’ Union President Georgia Downs welcomed students ahead of Fresher’s Fortnight. Georgia said, “We are really excited to welcome our first years to the University. Having Induction at the Regent means we can connect the community to the University. We have a range of different events for all ages and backgrounds over the next two weeks for our Fresher’s Fortnight. Events are for new and returning students including a comedy night, mindfulness workshop, foam party and lots of music events.”

To find out more information about Fresher's Fortnight visit


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