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16 September 2013

CAVC welcomes all new students with a week of Freshers' Fayre events

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 with a week-long Freshers’ Fayre across the Capital Region.

The Fayre 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 South Wales, Cardiff International Pool (Parkwood Lesiure), Careers Wales, and the Sherman Theatre and Wales Millennium Centre were among the external organisations represented at the event.

For the more intrepid students there was even a climbing wall courtesy of Boulders and a DJ truck from student network Total Students.

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. 

Lee Richardson of the Cardiff Youth Council said: “It was great to talk to the young people and find out their interests. It was also good to see people willing to volunteer in their community and help give young people a voice in the community.”

Rachael Earp from Action on Hearing Loss said: “It’s a great event – your students are a real credit to the College.”

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 and available advice coming in for widespread praise. 

Alana Russell, a Hairdressing student from Grangetown who attends the Colcot Road site in Barry, said: “The Fayre has been great and really helpful – there’s lots of information available. It’s brilliant; a really good welcome to the College.”

All learners were asked to complete a feedback form and these forms will help 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.