16 Things That Will Be Different When You Get Back To York After The Summer
In just over a week you’ll most likely be heading back to York for Freshers’ 2015 and another year of uni. But in all the fun that summer brings – often away from your computer – you may have missed some of York’s on and off campus news.
We’ve compiled all that info, big and small, into a handy list here:
The Big Top will replace Live and Loud as YUSU’s main Freshers’ event.
This rebranded festival at the end of Freshers’ Week will be headlined by Ella Eyre plus others. You can see the full line up here.
The Willow can no longer be a part of your nights out.
You can’t have missed this one! On 26th June 2015 The Willow closed forever.
Mansion and Fibbers are now running Willow-themed nights.
You can enjoy cheap drinks and be entertained by DJ Mad Max from The Willow at both venues each week. Mansion has the added bonus of being open until 5am. Both apparently have prawn crackers. Good news, or at least some consolation, if you’re as devastated about Willow and keen to carry on its legacy as this guy:
Friday nights will become official student-run club nights.
YUSU will be supporting, promoting and assisting with safety measures for a select bunch of student-led club nights every Friday.
‘Throwback Thursdays’ will replace ‘Rebel Thursdays’ at Fibbers.
The night will now feature nostalgia-invoking tunes and a tuck shop. Bier Kellar will be Indie-disco themed. On certain dates, Fibbers will also host band nights from 9pm-11pm in collaboration with YUSU.
Your day-to-day life on campus…
There will be a hot water tap in the library.
From early this coming term you’ll be able to make hot drinks and noodles 24/7 somewhere around here in the library cafe:
And a laptop loan system.
The library will have 50 of these rent-a-laptop stations, accessible for 4 hours at a time using your student card. For Mac-users, 14 iMacs will be installed in the Harry Fairhurst building.
Eduroam will be faster.
Academic Officer Thomas Ron has worked with the library to bring you both the laptop loan scheme and significantly faster internet.
Sports and societies…
YUSU have launched Give It A Go.
This initiative will allow you to try sports clubs and societies in one-off, low-commitment taster sessions. Most of them are free and some have to be booked in advance – so look out for these booklets around campus for more info.
New Equal Opportunities Scheme for sports clubs.
Key Contacts will become Equal Opportunities Officers and the goal is that every sports club will have them. The scheme is said to be vital in ensuring sport is accessible to everyone at UOY.
The Sports Centre has been refurbished.
The gym situated in James College has new Life Fitness treadmills, two new models of bike and a new cross trainer.
There’ll be new subsidised physio sessions.
Members of York Sport Union will have access to physiotherapy sessions during term-time for £5 for half an hour.
The 66 has replaced the 44 as the University’s preferred bus service – and is run by First. First recently announced that the 66 is going to offer 24hr service and your return from earlier in the day can be used until 7am the following morning!
The 44 Unibus run by Transdev is no longer the official University bus service. But they do have a similar 24hr service, WiFi and USB charging points…
Vanbrugh Paradise will become Vanbrugh Piazza.
The jokingly-named Vanbrugh Paradise currently looks like a building site, but is on its way to becoming a much more attractive focal point on campus.
Hes East will have new health and retail facilities.
This July a proposal was approved for the building of a health centre, shops and other amenities on the Heslington East campus. It is currently unclear when this will be complete.