Freshers LIVE! 2020

Level 3 Crime & Society Academy students during their session with Catherine Mason from Scarborough, Ryedale and Whitby - Mind.

While Freshers’ Week would normally mean students get to go to Freshers’ Fayres, find out more about the community and of course, get freebies and take part in fun activities; this year things are a little different.

Scarborough TEC wanted to make sure students still got to experience Freshers and the Student Support team invited local organisations to join in for a virtual Freshers LIVE! event, holding online advice and information sessions about the services they offer for the students and staff.

Scarborough Fire Service, The University of Hull, Coventry University Scarborough, Scarborough Rugby Club, Scarborough, Ryedale and Whitby -0 Mind, Mr E Escape Rooms, East Yorkshire Motor Services, Domino’s Pizza, National Citizenship Service and Compass Buzz all joined in and students from across the College were given access to the sessions; where they were able to ask questions and find out more about career opportunities.

Level 3 Crime and Society Academy student, Lucy Purnell, 17, took part in the session with Catherine Mason from Scarborough, Ryedale and Whitby MIND. Lucy said: “Because we study Criminology, the mind plays a massive factor in the making of a criminal. Volunteering with an organisation like MIND also looks really good on your CV and for university applications.

“Although it was a different way to take part in a Freshers’ activity it was really good!  Once we got used to the technology we were quickly able to ask questions and got some really helpful answers.”

Programme Leader for Steps to TEC, Lisa Routledge, added: “I thought the sessions were useful and informative about the different services that are available locally.”

Steps to TEC student, Michal Szczerbicky, added: “I thought the Freshers’ Fayre was good and I particularly enjoyed the domino’s pizza experience.“

Students will also receive a Scarborough TEC Freshers’ goodie bag over the next few days that contains more information about local services and of course, a few little goodies!