27 August 2021

With just a few weeks left until new students begin to arrive back on campus at Dundee University, DUSA is putting the finishing touches in place for an in-person Freshers’ Festival between 18 and 26 September 2021.

Dimitris Vidakis, President of Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA), said,

“We are very much looking forward to welcoming Freshers and our existing students back on campus and into DUSA.  At DUSA we have kept the lights on throughout the pandemic with our fantastic food and drink offering, our dedicated online and in person help and support service and providing a haven for local students to relax and socialise safely with friends.

“We appreciate starting University or returning to campus after the past year will be different for everyone.  Some may be looking forward to it, others may feel anxious.  That’s ok – No matter how students are feeling there will be something for everyone whether it’s joining one of our 200 plus Societies, socialising in our bars and restaurants, meeting like-minded peers for a coffee, or dancing the night way in our nightclubs. Here at DUSA we respect and celebrate individuality, diversity, creativity and, if students have ideas, we want to hear them.

“Through listening to the student voice, we know that being able to offer in-person Freshers’ events is important and we are excited that we will be able to do that this year and we warmly welcome all students, under and post-graduates, to join us.

“The team at DUSA, working closely with the University and in-line with Government safety guidelines, are busy with plans to ensure students have a brilliant Freshers and to make their time at Dundee University the best it can be. We’ll have a range of online and on-campus activities and events, to make sure that however and whenever students begin their studies, they’ll feel part of the Dundee University community.

“Whilst Scotland has reached Level 0 in pandemic terms, we are acutely aware that Covid is still in circulation and we will re-open our in person activities safely and with caution.  Those attending our nightclub events will need to provide on-the-day digital proof of a negative lateral flow test prior to gaining admission.  Once inside the venue, masks will be required to be worn unless an individual is eating, drinking or dancing. All events in our nightclubs will be ticketed with a track and trace system in place and a reduced capacity of 1200.”

Those attending the Freshers’ Festival can expect a carnival atmosphere with funfair rides in Airlie Place, a marquee packed with stalls to tempt, poster and plant sales, Medieval re-enactments, a variety of musical acts, obstacle courses and coffee mornings, competitions and much, much more.

Dimitris added,

“At DUSA we are even more committed than ever to ensuring returning and new students feel supported and listened to. We will be with our students every step of the way through their academic journey, providing a home away from home where they can flourish.

“Our aim is to build a kinder, greener, diverse global student community that creates a lasting impact for generations to come.  When you study at Dundee University, you leave with much more than a degree.”


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