Become a Friend of Arriving New Students (FANS)

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Become a Friend of Arriving New Students (FANS)

Help our new undergraduate students have a great start here in September 2017.

A great start at university is all about making friends, learning the tricks of the trade, as well as having fun. We’re looking for current students who can make this happen during induction week for the new undergraduates joining us this September.

What do FANS do?

Our FANS (Friends of Arriving New Students) provide a personal welcome to new students at the University, helping them settle in and acting as their first point of contact for the first couple of weeks.

FANS are a vital part of the Great Start project, this is a collaborative project between Student Affairs and the Students’ Union which brings together the Universities Faculties, the Students’ Union and Corporate Services to deliver the best possible induction for new students.

If you become one of our FANS, you’ll be:

  • looking after a group of new undergraduates during their first week of induction.
  • showing students the local area & parts of London
  • taking students on campus & library tours
  • showing students around Blackboard
  • helping them plan their social life for the first week
  • making sure they attend all the relevant faculty and academic sessions

What are the benefits of being a FAN?

There are many benefits to joining the project – previous FANS have described their experience of working with new students as one of the highlights of their time at university.

As FANS, you’ll get:

  • a cash reward on successful completion
  • 2 days training in key transferable skills
  • training taking place in lovely hotel setting complete with overnight stay
  • valuable volunteering experience
  • teamwork and leadership skills
  • Recognised for your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Record)
  • networking opportunities and making friendships

You’ll also get to have a lot of fun!

Click on the following link to see a short clip to why you should apply for this position:               and check out the following YouTube video of FANS training:

Sign up to become FANS

Note that to become a FAN, you’ll need to be studying at the University in September 2017 and be free for the whole of induction week. Also the role will require full dedication.

To register you interest in FANS please sign up through the following link by Monday 10th April 2017,

Want more information?

Have a look at the Students’ Union’s Smoke Media YouTube channel, which has various videos on the Great Start.

If you have any other questions, get in touch with Nima Takodra, Great Start Project Manager, at

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