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Freshers week success at new university centre building

PUBLISHED: 18:00 27 September 2017

UCW students have been busy during Fresher's Week.

UCW students have been busy during Fresher's Week.

Hannah Raines

University Centre Weston (UCW) students have been enjoying freshers week in the town, along with its new-look law and professional services building and neighbouring revamped Italian Gardens.

New and returning students studying at degree-level can now enjoy state-of-the art technology equipment in the new section of Weston College’s multi-million pound development of the Winter Gardens.

MORE: See inside the Winter Gardens with the Mercury’s exclusive first-look.

As well as enviable equipment and study space, students have the view of the Italian Gardens, which has been developed by North Somerset Council.

Freshers week activities over the past fortnight have included town club nights and a freshers fair held in the Winter Gardens.

Lizzy Holbrook grew up in Weston and is pleased with the improvements to the town, having decided to study at degree-level where she grew up.

She said: “Weston needed to grow and it’s now starting to feel like a small city.

“I really like modern architecture so I think the design of everything is cool.

“It would be good if the town had more events like the beautiful fire show at the opening of the Italian Gardens a few weeks ago.”

But students are arriving from much further afield as Weston looks to become more of a university town.

Miguel Fonseca moved from Portugal to study at UCW and said the Winter Gardens is a great addition to his study experience.

He added: “I like the way that there is space and also privacy in the Winter Gardens.

“This will push students to work in a more professional manner as there will be opportunities for group work but also for private meetings.”

The whole development is being phased open but more than 500 students graduated from UCW in the iconic ballroom, which has been restored for public use, on Saturday.

The Mercury understands the university centre has welcome around 300 new students to study this September.

One of the stalls at UCW’S freshers fair was Weston Pride.

The pride event in the town has been a huge success over the past four years and the organisers told the Mercury it was great to see so many young people at the event.

A spokesman for Pride said: “It was great to see so many people at the freshers fair engaging with us ready for our fifth event in 2018.”

MORE: UCW earns gold star status - read about it here.

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