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Freshers' fairs

Freshers’ fairs take place at most universities and colleges across the UK around September/October time. They are used to welcome new students and to make them aware of what is on offer to them whilst they are studying.

It is a chance for the university’s clubs and societies to recruit new members, but most universities also allow commercial companies and charitable organisations to promote their services too. So make use of this opportunity to recruit!

Top tips

Case studies

City of Bath District

The City of Bath District set up stands at the freshers’ fairs of both Bath and Bath Spa Universities. They found that there were many scout leaders coming to Bath as students every year, many of whom had a wealth of experience and some who were highly qualified.

They found student leaders very easy to recruit and found that many students were very enthusiastic about joining.

Cambridge Re-freshers' fairs

Cambridge has found that re-freshers' fairs can sometimes be more useful. These are similar to freshers' fairs but are held during the second term of university. They found that some scouts chose to join a climbing club or a mountain biking club at the first fair, but would then decide that they wanted something more familiar and would return to scouting in the second term.

Support material

Promotional material for a stand:

Some factsheets can be downloaded for free, and printed copies of all resources are available from the information centre by using the Information Centre Catalogue or calling 0345 300 1818.

Further information

Institution Guide

Information Centre Catalogue

Recruiting students website

Using our Brand to Grow the Movement (FS103833) (PDF)


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