More than 40 local organisations have taken part in NRC freshers’ events this week at the Newtownabbey campus.
Their purpose was to give students a chance to orientate and integrate themselves into campus life and to provide them with useful information in preparation for the academic year.
The event, now in its fourth year, saw more than 900 students take advantage of the occasion. Representatives from local companies, agencies and voluntary organisations were on hand to provide them with advice and information and to introduce them to their services.
Stephen McCartney, NRC’s student support manager, said: “Freshers’ Week is our chance to welcome students to the college and the academic year. It’s an exciting time for all involved and each year the event increases in popularity with the students.
“The success is due to the support of local organisations who have taken the time to join us and support the learner. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to them for their support.
“This year we also have presentations from HM Revenue & Customs who are providing key information to students on taxation issues; Volunteer Now, the organisation which promotes volunteering across Northern Ireland, and the Bank of Ireland, who will be encouraging students to budget well.”
Supporting NRC’s Freshers’ Week were: Nus-USI, Invest NI, The MAC, Action on Hearing Loss, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Citizens Advice Bureau, DEL Careers Service, EGSA, Newtownabbey Borough Council, Dominoes, Northern Bank, The Army, RAF, Translink, HMRC, PSNI, Samaritans, The Jungle, Blood Transfusion Service, Bowel Cancer UK, Patient & Client Council, Alcoholics Anonymous, Health & Safety Executive, Equality NI, Northern Health Trust, Transplant Association, Bank of Ireland, Volunteer Now, Scouts, Women’s Aid, Electoral Office, Fitness First, Gideons, Gis a Hug, Need 4 Speed, Admiral School of Motoring, National Trust, Movie House, NRC and First Trust Bank.
NRC student president Jason Clyde, who worked alongside the Student Support Team in creating the freshers experience, said: “We have tried to link with external companies to allow students to see what services are available.
“The student body is very important to the local economy. Freshers is also a time for students to meet the support services provided within the college. So as well as an opportunity to have a bit of fun, it is also a great time to pick up some useful information and lots of freebies.”