Student life at UCFB includes an array of events and activities laid on by the always busy Students’ Union. Students have given their feedback and reviewed the events that took place over the 2018/19 academic year to showcase exactly what went on and what to expect ahead of September 2019…

To kick things off, Freshers’ Week had activities such as a games night, club nights at local student favourite hang-outs and a short trip to the trampoline park near the Etihad Campus.

During events students had the opportunity to meet new people, feel more at home and enjoy themselves, as that is the most important thing about being a student with everyone else being in the same position. Furthermore, the pizza at the games night looked fantastic. If that’s not a reason to be part of these events, then what is?!

Freshers' Week 2019 is coming...

Whether it’s a break in-between lectures or you have come in to find a better study space than your accommodation and fancy a break, in the cosy Citizens Lounge students can play on the games consoles whenever they are in the Etihad Stadium. Also in Citizens there is table tennis, which is a student favourite and where you are more than welcome to join the ping-pong society – one of many available at UCFB Etihad Campus.

More events are available to those who purchase a UCFB Season Ticket, such as the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford. As this usually takes place in October, it’s one of the first events of the academic year that the SU offers exclusively to UCFB Season Ticket holders. More information on this will be communicated towards the start of the first semester in September.

Students were at Old Trafford for the Super League Grand Final in October 2018.

Back to last year and in September there was a Macmillan Coffee Morning in the UCFB Library, where students contributed to a great cause by enjoying a sweet treat and a hot brew with the goodies being kindly made by both staff and students.

Fan of playing the beautiful game? Then why not try out for our men’s and women’s football teams? Wednesday afternoon is dedicated to playing games and competing against other institutions across the country in the BUCS League. UCFB Etihad Campus also compete in other sports at a competitive level, such as futsal, golf and darts. If there is a sport you’re interested in playing and UCFB doesn’t have a team, just let the Student Experience Coordinators know.

Students that lived in Manchester and decided to stay over the winter break had the opportunity to then get involved in our Refreshers Week. This event saw another games night at Piccadilly Point, with food and drinks available along with a place to play ping-pong and pool.

UCFB Etihad Campus teams often play their games at Manchester's Regional Arena.

The NFL Superbowl came round not long after and led to a UCFB student community party in the halls of residence, where the game was shown with food and drink provided to keep spirits high in the early hours.

The student voice will be heard at UCFB. UCFB prides itself with a want to improve and staff will always be open to listening to your feedback. Free tea and coffee is now available to students in the library, meaning you can enjoy a brew whilst you read and complete assignments. It might seem little but it has worked a treat over the past year.

Keeping to the food and drink theme, students also ran a donut eating competition where they attempted to eat as many donuts as possible in two minutes with all proceeds going to Comic Relief.

Students also had the opportunity to attend The Grand National at Aintree, one of the biggest sporting events of the year. The race meeting gave students an excuse to wear something nice and have a good day out!

Paul Merson was the guest at the Sportsman's Dinner.

The final event of the year was certainly the most anticipated by students – the Sportsman’s Dinner and Sports Awards. Guest speaker for the event was former Arsenal player and Sky Sports panellist Paul Merson, who spoke to students and presented the awards. The event celebrated the successes of UCFB’s various sports teams who had won multiple league titles over the season.

Niall Paterson, a BA (Hons) Football Business & Finance student, had this to say about the event: “I had a brilliant night at the Sportsman’s Dinner. Thank you to everyone who organised it; I’m already looking forward to more events like this to come next year!”

If this sounds good to you, then make sure you get all the information about the SU and its various events at the Freshers’ Fair during your first week of term at UCFB. The UCFB Season Ticket is the perfect way to experience all of these great events, so keep an eye out for any updates on this.