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Inaugural Convocation caps off a successful Welcome Week 

The University’s official autumn 2019 Welcome Week has been a great success, with campuses full of activity and action.

A full programme of events ran all week, capped off by a celebratory Welcome Convocation, which offered an opportunity for new students to be introduced to senior staff, academics, alumni and community leaders and to be welcomed to the University community.

This week was a chance for new and returning students to mingle with their peers and have some fun, including an opportunity for people to test their skills on some giant inflatables!

Other highlights included a Welcome Fair, a comedy night, pub quiz, a beach party, a boat party, yoga, Ten-Pin Bowling and free film shows.

Students enjoyed live music at lunchtime and afternoon, along with street food, games and society events. 

New student Sylvia Warmington from Luton, who is studying media and communications, said, “I’m interested in TV and film and would like to work in TV or film production. I chose this course as I felt that it was best to study this in London and a friend recommended the University of East London to me for this course.

“I am really enjoying it so far – it’s even better than I expected!”

Sam Pyle, studying special needs teaching, said, “It’s my first few days here and it’s been great – even better than I thought. I chose this University because of its good location and also because my cousin Helen went here and recommended it.”

A number of new students arrived from India to study at the University. Among these were Febin Hakkeem, who is studying for an MBA general degree.

He said, “I am looking forward to the course."

Febin's friend Zaneen Mohammed, who is also doing an MBA general degree, said, “We came to England together though we have both been in the UK before. I am really excited about my course. In India I did my undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and thought that this course here in England would be really useful.”

Shrinwas Kulkarni said, "It’s my first time abroad and in England and I am really enjoying it.”