Hartpury students today had the chance to explore the new ‘zone’ aimed at giving them all of the care and support they need to make the most of their student experience and reach their potential.
College and university students celebrated the official opening of Hartpury’s new student zone today (Tuesday, 19th January), meeting the teams that support their student experience and wellbeing as they took part in workshops and fun games, with the chance to win some great prizes.
Students will be able to access a range of advice and expertise in the zone, from a dedicated careers service in the new Hartpury Innovation, Careers and Enterprise Centre, to student finance, IT support and wellbeing services, which include safeguarding, nursing and counselling.
Built around a central courtyard where students can meet and socialise, the student zone is also the home of the student services and experience team, the college chaplain, the international team, Hartpury’s Sportsmaker – in charge of developing and delivering recreational sports and activities at the college - and the Students’ Union.
At the opening, students had the chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher by proving their entrepreneurial prowess in the Enterprise Challenge. Receiving a small item provided by Hartpury’s Innovation Careers and Enterprise Centre, the challenge is then to offer publicly for a bigger or better item.
Once a trade occurs, the new item is immediately offered for trading. When trading has stopped, the item is sold or donated. The team with the highest monetary value on February 1st wins the prize with the proceeds of the sales going to one of the Hartpury College charities.
Students could also take the fun ‘buzz’ personality profile quiz to give them a guide to the kind of career options and learning styles that could suit them and enter the prize draw to win an Amazon voucher. The competition to build the highest tower using newspapers and win sweets was the most popular though!
Hartpury’s wellbeing team led an interactive workshop around the issue of consent, while there was also the chance to hear from the new Students’ Union. As well as finding out more about the events and activities on offer, including societies, clubs and recreational sport, students could talk about the opportunities to get involved in charity work, volunteering, employability support, campaigning and representing the student voice.
“The launch day gave students a taste of what the student zone has to offer, the chance to get to know the teams that support them better and take part in a range of activities, some of which were educational too!” said Hartpury Principal, Russell Marchant.
“Having all of these services together in this zone means that students can access all the support they need in one place. The advice and guidance they receive from our student zone teams will help open their eyes to more of the opportunities available to them, both at Hartpury and when they leave us, and help them meet the challenges that they will face as they become adults and enter the world of work.”