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12 Aug 2013

Newcomer welfare is a growing priority for all universities

Sending your son or daughter to university can be as daunting for you as it is for them. What happens if they can’t keep up with their studies? What if they don’t feel they fit in? What if they run into financial, practical or emotional problems and don’t tell you?

The good news is that student welfare has never been so high on the agenda for universities, with support being offered in myriad ways, as well as increasingly proactively, from before term has started right through to graduation.

It hasn’t always been this way. A student starting university 10 years ago could expect a guide in the post, maybe a welcome party and an invitation to a club or two – after which they were pretty much left to get on with it unless there were extreme circumstances. But universities have increasingly recognised that the experience students have in the first few weeks really counts.

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