University of Leicester eBulletin

University Welcome to Families

September 2003
No 223

To 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.

The 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 Leicester.

The 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 events.

Vice-Chancellor 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 us.

"We 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 programmes!"

Clare 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.

"Parents 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."

The 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.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Further information can be obtained from Mrs Kathryn Whitehurst, University of Leicester Graduate Relations Officer, telephone 0116 252 2195, email kw42@le.ac.uk, or Ms Clare Taylor, Head of Student Welfare, 0116 223 1187, email cft3@le.ac.uk

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