freshers 2021

 

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Welcome to (and back to!) Your Students' Union for Freshers 2021! First off, everything we do is for all Stirling students - whether you are a new Undergraduate, a new Postgraduate or a returning student - especially those going into their second year who missed out on a bigger Freshers in 2020. 

Make sure you join the Official Stirling Freshers Facebook group to get official information, meet your new coursemates & find out about everything Stirling.

What's happening and when?

Freshers Week kicks off on Saturday 11th September. Give It A Go events from our Clubs & Socs and Sports teams will start in Freshers Week and run throughout September. The week is sponsored by our friends at Domino's Pizza - make sure you check out their amazing student deals on offer!

We will have a range of on-campus and virtual events & activities to welcome you to your Students' Union and University life. You'll get to find out about our incredible Clubs, Socs & Sports teams, our Community Garden, our much-loved catering, bar & Starbucks coffee outlets and so much more. 

You'll also get to meet the four Sabbatical Officers who were elected in March 2021 to represent you for a year, Nela, Alyson, Callum and Sophie

The full Freshers Week programme is available below under 'what's on' and on the Official Stirling Freshers Facebook group

Latest University information
You will naturally have questions and queries around what the start of term will look like. The University recently provided an update which includes information on in-person teaching, travel and staggered arrivals to University accommodation. Within this, details are outlined to take into consideration the current green, amber, red list countries. You can check out the full update here - University Update. 

The University's Welcome pages will also cover lots of important information on your course, accommodation etc, check it out here - Welcome Pages.

Freshers Events: The full Freshers Week day and night programme of events is available below under 'What's on'. All events are open to all students, regardless of year group, postgrad or undergrad! We will also have a Postgrad & International Students Welcome later in September. 

Tickets & Conditions of Entry

Buying Tickets:

  • Tickets for all Freshers events are sold first-come-first-served, are limited and events are likely to sell out. You can get yours from Sat 11th Sept 10am onwards in the Lochside Marquee on campus, from this day you'll be able to purchase tickets for all events.
     
  • All students, from all year groups, undergrad or postgrad, are welcome to buy tickets.
     
  • This Freshers, due to capacity, students will not be able to sign in non-student guests or students who have forgotten their student cards.
     
  • You are able to purchase more than 1 ticket, for example for a fellow student who can't make it, however we limit this to 2 or 3 tickets per event per person to keep it fair.
     
  • We will not be selling any tickets online this year so be aware that anything you purchase online is not an official Freshers event and will not get you entry to any of our events.
     
  • We will not be selling tickets at the door to the events at night. They will be on sale during the day in the marquee on campus until they sell out.
     
  • We do not offer refunds on tickets for any other reason than a positive COVID test as detailed below.

Conditions of Entry:

Your safety is our priority, and we are taking the following measures to minimise Covid transmission, protecting you and our staff.

As a condition of entry to our events, attendees will be required to:

  • Show your student card to enter Union events, you can bring your physical card or show it through your University of Stirling app. No Student ID card, no entry, even with a ticket.
     
  • You will be required to track and trace upon entry to the Union. Please ensure you bring a charged phone with you to do so, someone else cannot check you in.
     
  • You will be required, with no exceptions, to show evidence of a negative lateral flow test, taken on the day of the event. Do not bring your lateral flow test strip to the event.Instead, on completing your lateral flow test, register your test result at www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result After registering your test result, you will receive an NHS COVID-19 Notification text message to your mobile phone.It is this text message you need to present on entry and the name & details must match that on your student card or photographic ID. (Being double-vaccinated does not mean you don't have to show evidence of a negative lateral flow test, we will still require this as you can be vaccinated and still have COVID)
     
  • If you cannot attend due to a positive test, you can get a refund for your ticket wristband as long as it has not been worn and is completely intact (i.e. sticky pad has not been removed). Please email theunion@stir.ac.uk before 7pm on the night of the event you were looking to attend with details and keep your ticket safe until after your isolation period is complete and you can return it, we will refund you on receipt of this ticket.
     
  • We are working with the University to provide lateral flow test kits on campus, you are also able to order them to your home or collect from any local pharmacy - we encourage you to collect before you arrive to ensure you have some. Link to order kits from the Government website.
     
  • If you are a student under 18, you are able to attend Union events as we are a private student members venue, however you will of course not be able to purchase or consume alcohol.

Safety Inside Events:

  • We require you to wear a face covering when not sitting, eating, drinking, or dancing, i.e. collecting drinks from the bar or using the toilets will require a mask.
     
  • We will not have ordering at the bar to keep our staff safe, instead we will operate an online ordering system with collection points. Please ensure you have photographic ID to purchase alcohol and a charged phone to order.

Last Entry Times for Union Events

  • We have cut-off times for entry, please ensure you are in the event by these times and have been checked in by staff otherwise you may be denied entry, even with a ticket, and without refund. 
     
  • Sat 11th UV Welcome - 11.45pm last entry

    Sun 12th Ceilidh #1 - 8.45pm last entry

    Mon13th Drag Bingo - 9.30pm last entry

    Tues14th Wheel of Tunes - 11.45pm last entry

    Wed 15th Comedy Night - 8.30pm last entry

    Thurs 16th Throwback Thursday - 11.45pm last entry

    Fri 17th Ceilidh #2 - 8.45pm last entry

    Sat 18th Paint Party- 11.45pm last entry

All Union events are subject to change or cancellation and we continue to work closely with the University of Stirling and Scottish Government advice to ensure everything we do is safe for our students. Some events are also weather-dependent and may be cancelled or changed last minute. We will communicate any changes on this website and our social media channels.

We'd welcome your input and feedback on what you'd like to see, any concerns you have or any other questions, you can get in touch by emailing theunion@stir.ac.uk 

what's on

Wed 8th September

Virtual Freshers 2021: Freshers Fayre Online with Ayda
8th September 10am - 30th September 4pm
Online
Get amazing student deals, offers, freebies, giveaways and more - all in your pocket!

Sat 11th September

Freshers 2021: Welcome Weekend
11th September 10am - 12th September 4pm
Lochside Marquee
We can't wait to welcome you to (and back to!) campus!
Freshers 2021: Freshers UV Welcome Party
11th September 10pm - 2am
Students' Union (Venue)
Wear white/bright to glow under the UV and make memories for life. First night - LET'S GO!

Sun 12th September

Freshers 2021: Welcome Weekend
11th September 10am - 12th September 4pm
Lochside Marquee
We can't wait to welcome you to (and back to!) campus!
Freshers 2021: Freshers Ceilidh (1 of 2)
12th September 8pm - 11:30pm
Students' Union (Venue)
Get your dancing shoes on!

Mon 13th September

Freshers 2021: Freebie Fayre
13th September 10am - 4pm
Lochside Marquee
Grab yourself some freebies and discounts!
Freshers 2021: 1st Years Meet & Greet
13th September 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Lochside Marquee
Meet fellow new students and make some new pals
Freshers 2021: Drag Bingo with The Bingo Babes
13th September 9pm - 11:59pm
Students' Union (Venue)
SOLD OUT

Tue 14th September

Freshers 2021: Clubs & Socs Day 1
14th September 10am - 4pm
Lochside Marquee
Meet the first half of our Clubs & Socs!
Freshers 2021: Wheel of Tunes
14th September 10am - 15th September 2am
Students' Union (Venue)
You spin the wheel - we change the tunes!
Freshers 2021: 2nd Years Meet & Greet
14th September 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Lochside Marquee
2nd years, it's time for a 2nd chance!

Wed 15th September

Freshers 2021: Clubs & Socs Day 2
15th September 10am - 4pm
Lochside Marquee
Meet more of our Clubs & Socs!
Freshers 2021: Sports Union Fayre
15th September 10am - 4pm
Sports Centre
Book a slot for the Fayre on the Sports Centre App!
Freshers 2021: Community Garden Session
15th September 2pm - 4pm
Union Garden
Did you know we have a garden?
Freshers 2021: Silent Disco (No-alcohol event)
15th September 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Lochside Marquee
Join us for an early-evening disco in the marquee, this is a no-alcohol event.
Freshers 2021: Comedy Night
15th September 8pm - 11pm
Students' Union (Venue)
Let's have a few laughs!

Thu 16th September

Freshers 2021: Sustainability @ Stirling Day
16th September 10am - 4pm
Lochside Marquee
Let's look after our campus and our world!
Freshers 2021: Thrift Fayre
16th September 10am - 4pm
Lochside Marquee
Grab a bargain that's better for the planet
Freshers 2021: Alpacas on Campus!
16th September noon - 3pm
Union, outside
BOOK YOUR FREE SLOT TICKET NOW. One slot is for two students.
Freshers 2021: Throwback Thursday
16th September 10pm - 2am
Students' Union (Venue)
SOLD OUT

Fri 17th September

Freshers 2021: Freshers Ceilidh (2 of 2)
17th September 8pm - 11:30pm
Students' Union (Venue)
Get your dancing shoes on!

Sat 18th September

Freshers 2021: Paint Party
18th September 10pm - 2am
Students' Union (Venue)
SOLD OUT

Mon 20th September

Virtual Freshers 2021: Meet the Officers and Q&A
20th September 6pm - 7pm
MS Teams
A chance to chat with Your Union Officers virtually and find out about Your Students' Union

Tue 21st September

Virtual Freshers 2021: Meet the Clubs & Societies
21st September noon - 1pm
MS Teams
Missed the fayres? Grab a chat with reps from our Clubs & Socs to find out about joining.

Wed 22nd September

Virtual Freshers 2021: Meet the Sports Clubs
22nd September noon - 1pm
MS Teams
Missed the Sports Fayre? Join us to chat about how to join a Sports team!
Virtual Freshers 2021: Speed Mating & Quiz
22nd September 6pm - 7pm
MS Teams
Fancy making some new friends? Join us for online speed-mating!
give it a go

Our incredible Clubs & Societies and Sports Union teams will be putting on in-person and virtual events for you to meet the clubs, get an idea of what they are all about and find out about how to join! You can check out the list of Clubs & Societies and list of Sports Teams.

Fri 17th September

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Give it a Go
17th September 1pm - 2:30pm
University Gym Sports Hall 1
Come to our Give it a go sessions for this semester at Friday the 17th (1pm-2:30pm, Sport Hall 1) and Tuesday the 21st of September (1pm-2:30pm, Sport Hall 1). One of our committee members will be waiting outside the University gym.

Sun 19th September

UoS MCS Great British Beach Clean GIAG!
19th September 10:30am - 12:30pm
Kinneil Local Nature Reserve, Bo'ness, EH51 0PS
On Sunday 19th September - from 10:30am - 12:30pm - we'll be supporting the MCS UK 'Great British Beach Clean' campaign with a cleanup at Kinneil Local Nature Reserve in Bo'ness. Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend, just bring a jacket!
Re-Enactment Society Online GIAG
19th September 7pm - 9:30pm
Microsoft Teams
Come join us at our online GIAG! This is your chance to meet to team if you could not make it along to Freshers! We will be hosting a pub quiz followed by two truths and one lie. Look forward to seeing you all there!

Mon 20th September

SUTES Give it a go
20th September 6:30am - 8am
Come along to our Give it a Go event, it will be held on MS Teams where we'll be talking about what is SUTES, who the committee are and some quizzes and games. Come along and ask any questions you may have!
Cheerleading Lyrical Give it a Go
20th September 9:30am - 10:30am
Studio 1
This is the Lyrical Give it a Go, as part of Stirling University's Cheerleading Club.
Pool Society Give it a Go
20th September 6pm - 11:59pm
Atrium/Stirling train Station/ Players pool hall Falkirk
Meet in the atrium at 5 or Stirling train station at 5:45 before we head through to Falkirk where we will play some games and get to know you all
Creative Writing Give it a Go
20th September 7pm - 9pm
The Creative Writing society welcomes members, both old and new, to our first event of the semester. We kick of with a GIAG event where you can get a taste of our society.

Tue 21st September

True Crime @ Virtual Meet Your Clubs & Socs
21st September noon - 1pm
Teams
Couldn't make it to the in person freshers fair? No worries! Come along and meet us on teams and hear about what we'll be getting up to this year.
Trampoline Give it a Go
21st September 5:40pm - 8pm
Sports Hall
Join us at our Trampoline Give-It-A-Go! Begginers are not only welcome but encouraged! Remember to bring clothes you're comfortable exercising in as well as water. Any questions please email the club.
Cheerleading Give it a Go
21st September 6pm - 8pm
Sports Hall
This is the Give it a Go for Stirling University's Cheerleading Club.
LGBTQ+ Picnic Social Give-it-a-go
21st September 6pm - 8pm
Hill below the Juniper/Beech Court residences
Join us for a social evening on the campus lawn. All welcome!
Debating Give-It-A-Go
21st September 6:30pm - 8:30pm
In-Person: Cottrell 2A13
Try out debating in this fun, fast-paced team event! Improve at public speaking and quick-thinking while debating dozens of funny and interesting motions.
Disney Society Give It A Go
21st September 7pm - 9pm
Welcome to the Disney Appreciation Society, where dreams come true. Welcoming members both old and new, we are hosting our first event of the semester where you can get a taste of what our society is like.
Stirling Musical Theatre Give It A Go!
21st September 7pm - 10pm
Venue
Come join us for our in-person Give It A Go! Meet us in Venue at 7PM for a night of singing, acting and dancing and a whole lot of fun! You'll get to meet our committee, make new friends and see what SMT is all about. We can't wait to meet you all!
Give It A Throw!
21st September 8:30pm - 9:30pm
University of Stirling Sports Centre
A 'Give It A Go' -event open for everyone interested to come and try out what kind of sport judo is!

Wed 22nd September

Cheerleading Pom Give it a Go
22nd September 9:30am - 10:30am
Studio 2
This is the Pom Give it a Go, as part of Stirling University's Cheerleading Club
Gymnastics Give it a Go
22nd September 10:40am - 1pm
Sports Hall
Join us at our Gymnastics Give-It-A-Go! Begginers are not only welcome but encouraged! Remember to bring clothes you're comfortable exercising in as well as water. Any questions please email the club.
Re-Enactment Society Combat GIAG
22nd September noon - 3pm
Lawn by the loch beside Haldanes'
Our combat GIAG will introduce you to medieval fighting and weaponry. It will be lead by our Stirling head Ben! Meet outside Pathfoot at 12pm!
Quidditch Give It A Go
22nd September 3pm - 5pm
Airthrey Castle
Looking for something to do at uni? Want to try something different? Meet new people? Then quidditch is the sport for you! Suited to all levels of ability, quidditch is a fast paced, mixed gender sport with something for everyone!
Debating Academy Open Session
22nd September 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Online & In-Person: Cottrell 2B129
In our second GIAG, try competitive debating and learn more about what Debating Society has to offer, including the competitions across the country that you could attend!
Marketing Soc GIAG
22nd September 6pm - 7pm
SUMS Give It a Go - Find out more about the Marketing Society!
Environmental Enterprises - FOOD HUDDLE & QUIZ - Give It A Go
22nd September 6:30pm - 8pm
TBC (probably Chaplaincy)
Join us for our GIAG! We will have a quiz and an indoor picnic in our signature Food Huddle style on Wednesday evening. Food will be provided and you can win some cool prizes when you enter the quiz! We're looking forward to meeting you there!
GIAG 21/22
22nd September 7pm - 8pm
Stirling University , Room TBA
Zeta Kappa Rho will be hosting a socially distance "speed dating" event. New and potential members will be able to meet current members and get to know what ZKP is all about. We will also have a short and sweet presentation for potential members.
Women in STEM GIAG
22nd September 7pm - 8pm
Welcome to the Women in STEM GIAG! This years event will be a virtual pub quiz as an opportunity to meet new people in a low stress way. We hope to have in person events also if we can.

Thu 23rd September

Pole Fitness Give It A Go
23rd September 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Sports Hall 1
Pole is an alternative form of fitness that we think you'd love!
Labour Society Give It A Go: Debate Night!
23rd September 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Microsoft Teams
‘A debate night for ridiculous parties’

Fri 24th September

Re-Enactment Society Craft GIAG
24th September 7pm - 9:30pm
Cottrell C.2A9/11
Come along to the re-enactment society's craft GIAG! Try your hand at leather working, chain maile, and more! We will meet up at the atrium but feel free to just pop along to Cottrell if you are joining late! We look forward to seeing you there!

Sun 26th September

Quidditch Give it a go 2
26th September 3pm - 5pm
Airthrey Castle
Looking for something to do at uni? Want to try something different? Meet new people? Then quidditch is the sport for you! Suited to all levels of ability quidditch is a fast paced, mixed gender sport with something for everyone!

Wed 29th September

Quidditch Give it a go 3
29th September 3pm - 5pm
Airthrey Castle
Looking for something to do at uni? Want to try something different? Meet new people? Then quidditch is the sport for you! Suited to all levels of ability quidditch is a fast paced, mixed gender sport with something for everyone!

freshers group


Have you joined the Official Stirling Freshers Facebook group yet? Run by Your Students' Union, with over 3.3K members - it's the place to meet your classmates, find group chats, ask questions and get info on what's on. Join it here: Official Stirling Freshers Facebook Group

freshers shop

Freshers Bundle 2021

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freshers bundle 2021

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Price: £24.99
Get a great deal with an iconic American Letter Hoodie, T-Shirt, University of Stirling cotton shopper bag and branded University of Stirling pen for only £24.99 Our Shop Manager will email you to select colours and sizes shortly after purchasing. Any issues, email shop.union@stir.ac.uk
freshers playlist

We asked the members of the Official Stirling Freshers Facebook Group to put their favourite songs in a big playlist on Spotify to give us the sounds of the Freshers Class of 2021. Add yours here - Stirling Freshers 2021: The Playlist. *May contain explicit songs

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helpful links

Here are some helpful links to help you navigate your first few weeks at Stirling. If you have any other questions, you can always email us at: theunion@stir.ac.uk.

University Welcome Information Pages

University Support & Wellbeing

University Coronavirus Information

Union Online Shop

Official Stirling Freshers Facebook Group

 

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