Welcome letter from Cartmel College Principal
Freshers' Week Timetable
Sunday 29th September; Arrivals day!
Time to begin the big move! Starting from 10:00am, you can collect your keys from the JCR and complete your registration to become an official member of Cartmel College! Collect a free Freshers’ Week pack, complete with useful advice and tips, as well as loads of other goodies and treats! A member of the dedicated Intro Week team will then escort you to your very own room and give you the chance to meet your new flatmates. We ask that you try and arrive before 4pm to give you plenty of time to move in before the Orientation talk.
Students who are living off-campus are asked to be in Barker House Farm at 5pm to meet their off-campus rep, College Personal Advisor and get to know other off campus students.
Orientation, in the Great Hall, will be taking place at 6:30pm. Afterwards, the best food on campus will be being served at Barker House Farm, free for you. At 8:00pm we will be concluding a busy day with the renowned Cartmel Quiz featuring a host of great prizes. Or, if quizzing isn't your thing, there's a chance to experience the LU Cinema experience Time TBA: Film TBA.
Monday 30th September
Start the day in style with a Tea Party at Barker House Farm and a chance to meet the Cartmel College Celebrities from 10:00am-12:00pm. At 12.15pm your College Personal Advisor will come to your kitchen to introduce themselves and tell you about the College Advisory System.
Mandatory safety talks will then be taking place in the Great Hall from 1:00pm-2:00pm. It is vital that you attend these talks and your Reps will escort you. Then it's onto the Library for Registration, during which time you'll receive your library cards.
Major Talks are today, so make sure to have a look at pages 28-31 of your Freshers’ Guide 2013 to find out when and where your talk will be.
After a long day of official University business, it's time to start Freshers' Week off with a bang! Revolution will be hosting a white t-shirt UV party. Bring your best white t-shirt and UV paint because it is going to get messy! All kicking off in Barker House Farm at 9:00pm and buses will then take you off campus to Revolution.
If Revs isn’t for you, there's an International Food and Culture event with County and Lonsdale Colleges, which kicks off at 7:00pm.
Tuesday 1st October
Throughout the day (9:15am until 5:00pm) you can attend your Part I talks which will aid you in choosing your minor subject(s), so make sure you choose wisely! See page 33-34 in The Guide for the times and locations of each talk. Course Registration for all Study Abroad, Exchange and Erasmus programmes also takes place at 9:30am in the Great Hall!
Tonight is the Big Campus Bar Crawl: C for Cartmel! Dress up as anything beginning with C, the crazier, the better! We want to see everything from cats to clownfish, make the effort for an amazing night! After visiting all the bars on campus from 8:00pm, the crawl will conclude at Cartmel with a silent disco! This promises to be a night to remember, but remember to carb up with a quick meal beforehand!
If you don't fancy a bar crawl there is a nine-college trip to into Lancaster for a tour of Lancaster Castle and the old prison! Places for this trip are limited tickets are £5 and available from the online store.
Another alternative is the International Film Festival at Pendle College, which also begins at 8:00pm.
Wednesday 2nd October
Another hectic day that begins at 11:00am with enrolment in the George Fox Building. You will need to enrol with your major department, and also enrol for your minor(s) that you have decided on from yesterdays Part I talks! Try and make a decision that's best for you, but don't worry too much as you have until the end of week 3 to change your minor if you feel you've made a wrong choice. Check out page 37 of The Guide for more information about this process.
Cartmel sports teams (Football, Darts, Pool, Dominoes and Netball) will be having trials from 12:00pm, if you fancy yourself as an athlete, or a more casual competitor, come on down and try your hand at a huge range of sports! Who knows, you might have a hidden talent that you never knew about!
Then it's back to the Great Hall at 3:30pm as your Reps escort you to the Unismart Induction Event. This is great event and will give you some essential tips on surviving your time University. NB There are some flashing lights and loud noises at this event.
International and EU Students are invited to the International Students' Evening in the Great Hall from 7:30pm, this is a meet and greet from the Vice Chancellor and LUSU, so come on down!
Tonight is the Big Night In: Featuring The Comedy Barn. From 8:00pm in Barker House Farm they'll be an evening of comedy and fun in association with the Lancaster University Comedy society. This is a great opportunity to recharge after a busy day and a manic week.
Also tonight; all nine colleges are teaming up to go on a trip to see the famous Blackpool Illuminations for only £5! Places for this trip are limited, tickets are available from the online store.
Thursday 3rd October
An early start for International students as there is an International Student Orientation in the George Fox Building. More details are on pp.49-51 of the Freshers' Guide 2013.
After a good lie in for all home students, the Freshers' Fair begins at 1:00pm in the Great Hall. Freshers' Fair is a great chance to join any societies and clubs that you are interested in. It's also an amazing opportunity to pick up countless freebies, goodie bags and discount cards, so this is not one to be missed! Don't forget though, you will need your Purple cards to sign up to anything, so make sure you get yours beforehand! Sign up for one now.
Tonight is the Big Night Out: Pirates and Ninjas! Throw on your best pirate costume, Ninja outfit or anything in between, it's going to an amazing night! With buses from 7:00pm, we will be escorting you on a bar crawl around Lancaster town that ends with a Foam Party in the renowned Sugarhouse! It's an early start so remember to eat well before hand as well as pacing yourself on the bar crawl. Remember, Easy Tiger.
There will also be an alternative cocktail evening with Bowland and Grizedale colleges in Grizedale bar at 8:00pm. Tickets are available online or behind any of the participating colleges' bars!
Friday 4th October
The Freshers’ Fair continues today from 1:00pm in the Great Hall, another great chance to sign up for any societies as well as grab as many freebies as possible! You will also get to meet your major department again today for a half-day orientation session. To find out when and where, see the Freshers' 2013 Guide.
Also from 1:00pm your JCR Exec will be opening their own Hangover Clinic for those still feeling run down from the weeks antics. There'll be free food and drinks as well as some cuddly surprises.
Tonight is Ugly Sweater Night, so throw on your most hideous sweatshirt and get ready to hit the town!
Coaches will be picking you up from 8:30pm so remember to eat well beforehand! Then it's onto Dalton Rooms, Hustle and Lounge for another packed night of excitement! For those who last the pace there will be free food handed out from 2:00am, with coach’s back to campus beginning at 1:00am and terminating at 5:00am.
All bar crawled out? The alternative event tonight is Fyldes' Murder Mystery at 8:00pm! DETAILS TBA.
Saturday 5th October
The weekend has arrived in style! Your Lancaster University Students’ Union (LUSU) will be running a coach trip to Manchester’s Trafford centre for any last minute shoppers, from 9:00am-7:00pm. LUSU will also be running a trip to IKEA, so you can buy those last minutes essentials that will turn your flat into a home (1:00pm-6:00pm).
If you've got everything you need then join in at the Funfair in Lancaster Square from 1:00pm-5:00pm. A full day of funfair events including an assault course and inflatable human table football!
Tonight is the Ceilidh from 8:00pm. If you’ve never been to a ceilidh, the most important thing you need to know is that dancing shoes are a must. The dances at ceilidhs are for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never danced before, have two left feet or even three, everyone is welcome at a ceilidh and you’ll be astonished how hard it is not to end up dancing!
Sunday 6th October
The last day of Freshers' Week is upon us! Finish the week in style with a trip to the Lake District (9:00am-7:00pm) for an amazing chance to walk, shop and see the beautiful sites of Windermere and the surrounding areas.
For those that stay with us, we'll be holding an Old School Sports Day (1:00pm-4:00pm) complete with all the sports day events you remember from your childhood! (More detail needed)
There's also The Sunday Refresher taking place in the Great Hall. This is a great opportunity to wind down after a busy week with an afternoon of live acoustic music, showcasing the amazing talent we have at Lancaster University.
At 8:00pm, The Big Fat Cartmel Quiz Of The Year will get underway to finish off the week in Barker House Farm! There's an array of great prizes to be won, so this is not one to be missed!
For full details of non-college activities and requirements during Freshers' Week, please see the general university handbook for new students, The Freshers' Guide.