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Frequently asked questions

How will Freshers' 2020 work this year?


Freshers’ is looking a little different this year, however it is still very exciting! We will be hosting an array of virtual events on our virtual platform, Native. We have hand selected events that will offer our new students the absolute best chance to not only connect with many new friends, but also a fun two weeks full of games, events, and prize giveaways!




What is the University's comment regarding Covid-19?


To see the latest updates provided by the University, please visit their website, here: https://www.brighton.ac.uk/about-us/news-and-events/coronavirus/index.aspx




How do I know if I'm following the right accounts?


All our Official Freshers’ 2020 content will feature our logos and branding (Brighton Students' Union). If you are unsure, feel free to check with us on BSUfreshers@brighton.ac.uk before purchasing tickets. Alternatively, you can follow our social media channels for updates, a full list of events when they go live, and frequent updates on what your Students' Union is doing all year round.




What procedures do you have in place to ensure Freshers is Covid Safe?


We understand and recognise that because of current events, now more than ever it's easy to feel isolated and alone. Since March, we have been putting together a collection of resources to help you stay connected with us at Brighton Students’ Union. For information and links on our various support resources available, visit our ' Quarantea and Biscuits' page: www.brightonsu.com/support/coronavirus

We feel super fortunate to still be able to pop up on campus with goodies to greet some of you in just a few weeks’ time. Please keep an eye on our socials to see if you can spot us! For your safety we have lots of procedures in place to protect all students and staff members. We ask that you please read through and follow the guidelines carefully.

Please only attend our events if you are showing NO symptoms of the following:

  • The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). including:
  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you have noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

We will have our fantastic sanitizing angels present at all events. Please utilise this and ensure you are always fully sanitized.

Please respect our social distancing rules that we have in place for your safety.




What is Brighton Students' Union?


Brighton Students' Union is a supportive, representative, and fully independent charity run by students, for students. We're here for you every step of your journey as a student here at the University of Brighton. Coming to University is always a unique and exciting experience for any student. We're dedicated to making sure that every one of our 21,000 students feel both supported and empowered. We do this by working alongside the University and ensuring that students are at the forefront of every major decision they take. Some of the things we do (besides organising Freshers') include running vital campaigns & lobbying around the things you care about (rental prices during COVID-19, Lecture Capture, Hate Crime Awareness etc), running/helping societies, leading and helping Course Reps, Advice around grades and helping you when you need it the most. We also run Cafes, Bars and sell your University hoodies! Find out more here: www.brightonsu.com




Why should I get involved in Freshers' this year?


We understand that it has been a super tough year and there have been plenty of adjustments for everyone away from the social norm. To give back and make your time settling in with us that little bit easier, we have decided to offer all our freshers’ events for FREE. Yes, you heard correct, FREE!!

Though we appreciate that virtual events are not ideal, we feel confident that the events we have chosen are extremely worthwhile! What are you waiting for? Get involved and start your freshers’ journey at Brighton.




I'm having a problem with my wristband account...what do I do?


If you are experiencing any issues with your account, then please contact Native directly. Their team will be on hand to offer support and guidance throughout the freshers’ period. Simply email support@native.fm with details about the event or topic you are having troubles with. If this is a University related question, then please email bsufreshers@brighton.ac.uk.




What is Native?


Native is a student events discovery platform that aims to deliver the best experiences to students. Their website and app show events in your city and now they power experiences like University of Brighton Freshers' Week 2020.

This year they are supporting the Student Union community through the Coronavirus Pandemic by providing an out-of-the box virtual events solution, in addition to top quality online and socially distanced events for freshers’ programmes.




How do I register for a FREE Freshers' 2020 wristband?


To claim your FREE wristband for freshers’ 2020, simply follow these five simple steps below. You can register using either a personal or university email address.

  • Click through onto our ticketing website: https://bsufreshers.native.fm/
  • Register your information to create an online account.
  • Once registered, select your wristband/ society events. 
  • Hit that book button and confirm your space for the events – you will then receive a confirmation email sent to the address you registered with.
  • All information regarding the events, details and links will be included within your confirmation email, so be sure to keep this email safe! 




Who can come to Freshers' 2020?


Like every year, freshers’ is aimed towards our new students however, we are happy for our 2nd and 3rd years to get involved. This is only available to The University of Brighton students.




Do third-party wristbands work to gain access to Freshers' 2020?


NO. 3rd party wristbands do not allow you entry to any of our events. As a union we advise you to purchase BSU wristbands only and follow our main social pages for updates and information.

Third party companies will always try and monopolise freshers’ – don’t be fooled. Simply look out for the BSU and unplugged logo, as well as following any link on our socials to guarantee that you have the right tickets.




How and where do I purchase tickets?


You will not need to purchase tickets as they will be included in your FREE wristband. You do however, need to sign up to the events you want to attend individually.

Just simply click on the event included in your wristband and follow the instructions to take part. Any questions please contact the Native support team: support@native.fm




I am self-isolating/ in quarantine; will I still be able to take part?


Yes. All our freshers’ events are virtual, meaning we bring the fun to you! All you need to do is take part.




I have more questions about freshers who do I contact?


For any further information regarding freshers please email us at: BSUFreshers@brighton.ac.uk





MEET YOUR OFFICERS

Brighton Students' Union is led by a group of elected students that represent you and work to improve your university experience.

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BRIGHTON STUDENTS' UNION FRESHERS' STATEMENT

 

We are SUPER excited to finally announce ‘Freshers Unplugged’ and can confirm that we will be bringing you a whole load of virtual events, pop up gazebos & interactive fair for this year’s Freshers’ Fortnight from September 26th – October 16th 

We were hoping that some physical events across our campuses could take place, however, due to government restrictions and for your safety, we are taking Freshers online. Fear not though, we will be organising small popup giveaways in gazebos during the freshers’ period, so watch this space! 

The virtual events we have selected for you will still bring you ways of connecting with other students and making friends. We promise though, as SOON as we can, we will be bringing you some incredible events in real life. 

 

Now, we suppose that we can’t keep you in suspense forever… what exactly does Freshers look like this year? 

 

⮞ The team at BSU have hand selected a range of events that provide you with the opportunity to connect with other students studying at Brighton, including: A Virtual Escape room, E-Sports tournaments, and even community quiz nights (Spoiler alert: we hear a PlayStation is up for grabs at  our Bingo events too!). 

⮞ The team at BSU recognise just how hard the last few months have been regarding the outside world. Now, more than ever, starting University in a new area seems scary and daunting. With this in mind, we have made the decision to make our Freshers’ Fortnight FREE to all students at Brighton University. That’s right, FREE! 

 

⮞ Wristbands for Unplugged 2020 will be available to claim from Wednesday 16th September on our Freshers’ ticketing platform. All events will be included automatically on your wristband, but there is also the option to register for just 1 or 2 events should you wish. Please be aware that there are LIMITED spaces available on certain events, so be sure to claim your wristband early to avoid disappointment. 

Official Freshers’ across the country are ALWAYS run by Students’ Unions - charities which are best known for Freshers’ but do other cool stuff to help you through your education.

All Brighton Students’ Union events will be advertised nearer the time and will always feature our Brighton Students' Union logo. If you’re unsure, please reach out to us at BSUFreshers@brighton.ac.uk.

Please be wary and safe online, and don't get caught out by a scam or company profiteering off your uncertainty and anxiety to get involved.

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USEFUL LINKS TO KNOW

One of our BIGGEST highlights is BSU Connect, our online Freshers’ fair that allows you to discover societies you might like, offers you discounts from local companies and tells you more about Brighton Students’ Union.

BSU Connect will be launching from the 26th September

Remember to grab your FREE Freshers' 2020 Wristband in time too!

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A BIG HELLO FROM BRIGHTON STUDENTS' UNION

FIND OUT ABOUT SEPTEMBER BELOW

 

CONTACT US

ADDRESS

4th Floor, Room 406,Watts Building, Lewes Road, Brighton BN2 4GJ

EMAIL

BSUfreshers@brighton.ac.uk

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