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Be wary of unofficial 'Freshers' groups

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Firstly, welcome to everyone joining us at Worcester next year. We're so glad you've chosen #TeamWorc!

A mixture of excitement and apprehension often means that Facebook groups are the first stop for prospective students, as it gives them the ability to connect with future flatmates and other applicants on their course. 

However, when promoters and organisations set up unofficial 'Freshers' groups (that aren’t endorsed or moderated by the Students’ Union or University) students can sometimes run the risk of being scammed.

The only official events programme to welcome University of Worcester students is held by us (the Students' Union) and Tramps Nightclub Worcester. We're hard at work planning to make sure we give you the best experience we can in September, and can't wait to share it with you soon. Stay tuned, as all updates will be advertised on the trusted SU and Tramps social media accounts and the Official Worcester Students Group 2020-21

So, what should I do? 

How can I tell whether something is unofficial? Firstly, ask yourself these three questions:

1. Does it have 'Official' in the title? 

2. Was the event or group made by Worcester Students’ Union?

3. Does it have the Students’ Union, University or Tramps logo?

Other things to bear in mind:

  Think about the current situation. 

As of writing (09/07/2020), there is no official guidance as to when nightclubs can reopen. If someone is advertising an event, think about the legitimacy of this and whether it is even guaranteed to go ahead. 

  Be advised by the Students’ Union.

We only promote and advertise events that we know are safe for our students. We are partnered with Tramps, Mode and Velvet in town who, alongside the Students’ Union, offer the official Welcome Week line-up. Any other events not being held by Tramps are unofficial and not endorsed by the SU or University. We work closely with Tramps to ensure student safety not just in September but throughout the year, however it is harder for us look out for students when unofficial venues and events are involved. 

  Look for our logos. 

If you are unsure about an event, keep an eye out for the SU and Tramps logos as these will only appear on official posters and digital promotion. 

  Beware of someone asking you for your data.

Never give out personal data unless you are purchasing a ticket via a legitimate ticketing platform. Sometimes these groups can change name and purpose, having already attracted a large audience and their details. 

  Don’t listen to panic.

Persistent claims that tickets are selling out fast are often a red flag.

  Finally, join our official student group! 

Our online community for 2020-21 not only allows you to chat with other new students, but also be the first to hear about the official Welcome Week line-up, ask questions to SU staff and Officers and find out about clubs, societies and all our other opportunities.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN 

We know that starting University or moving to a new city can be scary, and you will no doubt be inundated with information. However, remember that the Students’ Union is always here to help and answer any questions you may have, as well make sure you have a good time and a great start at Worcester! You can find out more about us on:

 Facebook https://www.facebook.com/worcsu/ 
 Twitterhttps://twitter.com/worcsu
 Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/worcsu/
 Website - www.worcsu.com

If you'd like to get in touch with us, we'd be more than happy to hear from you. We’re excited to see you soon!

 

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