It's not the most usual of times; in fact, nothing is normal right now, especially if you’re stepping into a new and unfamiliar situation.
So how do you know what you can expect from Brighton Students’ Union during Freshers’ and the first term?
Well, we will do our best to tell you what we know:
The pandemic has created so much uncertainty surrounding face-to-face events and gatherings, and no one is sure whether they will be allowed to meet up by September in the way we would all like.
We have currently planned to hold a mixture of both online and face-to-face events for you to get to know each other (and BSU), and should the situation change, we will alter our schedule and update our social media platforms to notify you of these changes.
The Union and the University must abide by Government regulation, but we also have a responsibility to make sure that all students and staff remain safe and healthy. That means not putting anyone in harm’s way or creating situations where people may put themselves or others at risk. With this in mind, we’ll continue to do what is best for Brighton students during the Freshers’ period.
Community is a huge part of what Sihem, Ramy, Meg, Evangeline, and the Students’ Union want to help you feel. It is an integral part of University life when you join, and we are here to make you feel like you belong. We have lots of societies, campaigns, and activities for you to get involved in, and many of these will now be happening regularly online.
During Freshers’ we will introduce all the activities, campaigns, and groups that you can join throughout the year in our digital version of Freshers’ fair, which we will be calling: BSU Connect. More details of this will be released in September, until then you can visit the Activities section of our website to find out what you might be interested in joining ahead of the event itself.
Freshers can be a lot. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, our amazing BSU Support team may be able to help. They provide a free and confidential advice service whilst you’re studying at Brighton. Worried about reaching out? You can also access plenty of online resources on the BSU website, including resources about COVID-19, anxiety, accommodation, academic studies, and mental health.
Whatever you are worried about, we are here to support you during your time at Brighton. If you are finding things more difficult, you can also talk to the University Student Services team, who provide a range of counselling and support services as well.
Course Reps remain a huge part of representation at Brighton. Each year, students are elected by members of their course to represent their views and opinions when it comes to their degree. For example, if you are unhappy with how a module is being taught, you can raise this with your course rep, and they will then feed this back to us.
This year is no different, and the scheme will still be running to ensure that you have support and guidance with any issues you may have.
If you’re interested in becoming a Course Rep, why not chat to us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
We are still here to support and represent you, even if our offices on campus are closed.
We are very excited to welcome you all to Brighton later this month, and wish you the very best of luck in your new academic adventure.