Community Zone Updates
The Voice Zone is here for
bringing students together and making a home away from home! Here's a selection of what your elected Community Zone Officers have been up to so far this year.
On Welcome Weekend Saturday we moved in over 3,500 students, which is the largest arrival day ever, with 10% more students arriving than previous years. Over the weekend in total we welcomed over 4,200 students. We received applications from 210 angels and 68 super angels. Although we had a large level of drop outs and around 170 angels and 40 super angels turned up on the day, which will equate to around 2520 hours of volunteering which is a great start to our volunteering numbers this year. Many positive comments such as the ones below were received.
"First class. The day really should have been troublesome and stressful - but absolutely the opposite…very true to say, the organisation and people we met on the day were excellent. It was as if this is done every day. Thank you so much for the time and effort that everyone had clearly made to make the whole process stress free, easily understandable and enjoyable."
"The moving in experience was so well organised and each and every Fresher Angel that we met had a smile, enthusiasm and were very helpful."
Rubix saw a successful week of events with 7 out of 8 nights being sold out. We saw the biggest Hari's Challenge of all time and had to unexpectedly open up all of Rubix! Rubix was 8% up on wet sales and spend per head was up to £8.09 from £7.22. Overall, we were 2k short of making a 100k which is a record. Rubix launched its brand-new unisex toilets and a new screen on the patio. Outdoor cinema was also replaced with a screen in the amphitheatre which showed films every night, along with sport and various programmes in the day time. VP Community organised the Big Chill event at Hazel Farm as students living there can often feel left out and isolated. It included a BBQ, music and games and was well attended and appreciated by Hazel Farm residents.
Freshers Fair was held in the marquee for the very last time as the university have decided not to have a marquee in the future. The last few years we have been working on the look of the union stand to increase interactivity. This year went paperless and gave the stand a new look with a giant inflatable elephant promoting the message 'don't let there be an elephant in the room, talk to us' and students had to follow the unions Instagram to receive a gift.
Rubix Black Card
The Black Card has been launched this term – it is a membership card for Rubix which gives students entry to every Wednesday and Friday (apart from freshers and end of year) along with queue jump and other perks.
Find out more
If you'd like to find out more about what the Community Zone has been up to, you can read our October report here:
Community Report Oct 19.docx. You can also check out what the other Zones have been up to below: