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UEL students discuss university life on BBC radio show

Students at Docklands Campus

Students share insights with listeners

The University of East London (UEL) got some extra attention during Welcome Week 2018 courtesy of the BBC Asian Network, which broadcast a live show on the Stratford campus about starting university and making friends.

A group of first-year students joined BBC radio presenter and journalist Mobeen Azhar in September for two hours of debate, discussion, jokes and music.

Suleman Ahmed said he is looking forward to the next three years at UEL.

He said, "I'm from east London, and I think starting uni is a great opportunity to meet people who are different to me and to try new things, whether that's student societies or new food. I'm keen to develop myself as a person."  

Meanwhile, fellow fresher Morrilyn Bakarr shared some advice from the popular book "How to Win Friends and Influence People".

Morrilyn said, "I like to let people talk about themselves. We all enjoy doing that. Let people open up and share, and that gives you a chance to find common interests. It has worked for me when it comes to making friends."

The students were joined by UEL's Dr Tim Lomas, a lecturer in positive psychology, who shared his own experiences of starting uni, his passion for music, and how positive psychology can help new students settle into the next chapter of their lives.

He said, "Sometimes we can put expectations on ourselves to have a hundred new friends each week, and that can he hard. It's best to go with our intuition and character instead, and give ourselves time to work out a path and the sort of person we are."  

Stephen Short, head of student support and wellbeing, and John Joe Mulherin, head of student life, also joined the show, telling students and listeners about the opportunities provided to students at UEL.

Mr Short explained that the University's support services are accessible and very open.

He said, "We make sure that students can have face-to-face drop-in sessions to talk about whatever they want. We've also got 24/7 online support, and we have trained our academic lecturers in mental health issues, as sometimes they're the first person a student will go to."

Mr Mulherin highlighted the advantages of living in UEL's waterfront residence halls.

He said, "We've got fantastic residential life scholars, who are some of the most engaged students we have at UEL. Their job is to welcome freshers, help them move in, answer questions, and get the student social side of living in halls up and running."

The radio programme was the fourth show in a BBC special series about university life.

Listen to the programme.