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Around 100 new students attended Oban’s inaugural Freshers’ Fayre to find out what the town has to offer and the event was a great success.
The event, hosted by The View on Monday September 2, attracted 18 exhibitors showing the new arrivals the wealth of opportunities available to them during their time studying here, from sports clubs and societies to student services and mental health support.
The event was organised through partners on the Oban: A University Town project (OAUT), which aims to increase awareness of the growing student population in the town for the benefit of both the students and the local economy.
Iain Gatward, OAUT project manager, said: ‘It was fantastic to see so many new students to the area, including a significant number of international arrivals. To see local organisations making the new students so welcome was fantastic and huge thank you to all those who made such an effort to support the event and to The View for hosting it.
‘This is a real milestone for Oban: A University Town and hopefully the first of many more events like this in future.’
In the past academic year, there were over 840 students in the Oban area, between the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) UHI, Argyll College UHI and Ballet West, not to mention the many students and apprentices at the hospital and other businesses throughout the town.
In previous years, each of these has organised its own freshers’ events, but this was the first time this has been a collaborative event.
One of the partners commented: ‘It has been such a great event. It was brilliant to see so many areas of Oban life represented, the people manning the information stands were informative and had gone above and beyond to supply information, freebies and even healthy snacks.’
There was a lot of positive feedback from students, as well as in following days as Freshers’ Week progressed, with one new arrival commenting: ‘It has been a great welcome to Oban on a rainy day.
‘It was great to meet new students and to find out about all the things you can do in and about the town. I’m amazed at the variety of things you can get involved in when you come to study in Oban.’
The OAUT project has a lot of activity planned over coming months and will continue to update in The Oban Times. If you would like to get involved or find out more, contact the team at www.obanunitown.org #LoveLearningLoveOban.