Coleg Llandrillo recently hosted its annual 'Higher Education Freshers' Fair', welcoming over 100 new degree and higher education students to the college.
The fair was established to give new students a fun and interesting welcome to college, to provide advice and guidance on all the services available, and to give them the opportunity to build relationships with local businesses and volunteering organisations. A detailed induction programme was put in place to support students over the first days, weeks and months.
The fair, which was held in the £4.5million University Centre Coleg Llandrillo (UCCL) at the college's Rhos-on-Sea campus, was packed with stalls promoting the most interesting and exciting aspects of Coleg Llandrillo student life. Representatives from the Students' Union were also present to show students what they can offer them during their time as a student, and beyond.
Students were able to glean information on societies, sports, volunteering opportunities, accessing support, health and wellbeing, budgeting and funding support. They were also given the chance to sign up to a range of enrichment activities, start up their own societies, and even run for a Student Union position.
External organisations which attended included: UNISON, Arriva, Big Ideas Wales, the Royal Voluntary Service and the British Red Cross. There were also members from the college's student welfare team, hair and beauty team, sports department, enterprise team and travel office present to answer any questions.
Grŵp Llandrillo Menai's Learner Services' student enrichment officer, Sarah Wynn, said:
Freshers' Fairs are a great way to kick-start the new academic year on a positive note, giving students a clear view of the opportunities and the support available to them. We are committed to ensuring that students have a great experience at college and that they know where to turn for effective and timely support, if and when it is needed.
The number studying on university-level courses has increased steadily year-on-year. Today, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai has around 1,200 higher education students studying on 50 different degree courses, with over 400 students graduating each year, many with first-class honours. Grŵp Llandrillo Menai comprises Coleg Llandrillo, Coleg Menai and Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor.
If you need more information on degree courses, or any other courses at Coleg Llandrillo, please visit the website at www.gllm.ac.uk or telephone 01492 542 338.