University Welcome to Families
soften the blow for parents as their young people 'leave the nest' to become
students, the University offers those who transport their sons and daughters to
the campus at the start of the year an opportunity to mingle with other
families, meet members of staff and learn a little about the place where they
will be staying.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Burgess, and Clare Taylor, Head of Student
Welfare, will speak to all the parents about the University.
Members of the Students' Union sabbatical team and student ambassadors
will also be on hand to chat to parents and new students about student life at
event is part of the University's Family Programme, which enables parents and
relatives to actively keep in touch with the University and to take part in
Professor Robert Burgess said: "It is a pleasure to welcome parents,
relatives and friends of new students to the University as we want them to feel
part of the higher education process and to establish good relationships with
want them to have strong links with the University without encroaching on the
student experience - unless they decide to join one of our distance learning
Taylor said: "This is a transitional period for both students and their
parents. We try to make it as smooth as possible, and to offer appropriate
interventions when they are needed. It is
important that parents as well as students are aware of the extensive support
systems provided by the University, and more importantly, how to use them.
often play a significant part in funding their children's education and want to
be involved without interfering. The
family programme is an excellent idea as it enables parental involvement -
without being intrusive."
receptions will take place on Sunday 21 September from 2.00pm to 5.00pm in the
Charles Wilson Building at the University. Several
areas of the campus will be open for families to visit.
TO EDITORS: Further information can be obtained from Mrs Kathryn Whitehurst,
University of Leicester Graduate Relations Officer, telephone 0116 252 2195,
or Ms Clare Taylor, Head of Student Welfare, 0116 223 1187, email email@example.com
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