Freshers' Fringe

We are pleased to release this year’s exciting Freshers' Fringe programme of events. Arguably the best Fringe outside of Edinburgh, you won’t want to miss out! Freshers' Fringe is run by your 10 elected Part-time Officers and their networks, offering alternative options in the first two weeks of term, if you fancy a change from the traditional Freshers’ events. It is a chance to find out about the networks you identify with such as BAME, LGBTQ and Working Class, or fuel your passions by trying out events run by groups such as the Environment and Ethics, Womens’ and Volunteering Networks. All events are free of charge, student- led and open to anyone self-identifying with that network.

The full timetable for the Fringe is available here!

You can also check out the Facebook event! 

Disabled Students’ Network

  • Accessival - Tuesday 1st October 11:30am - 5pm, The Exhibition Centre

A day of fun & events for all students with visible and invisible disabilities, learning difficulties, chronic and mental health conditions. We will be hosting a selection of York's best societies who will be running accessible taster sessions for everyone to enjoy! Come for the whole day or drop in for an hour- there will be something for everyone. You will also have a chance to find out what support services are available at York, including Disability Services, YUSU Advice and Support, Open Door, DSA funding and the Student Hub.

  • Lounge Night - Wednesday 9th October 8:30pm - Late, The Lounge (Roger Kirk Centre bar)

A calm, accessible evening in The Lounge for all self identified disabled students to have fun and meet new people with cocktails and mocktails. There will be step free access, standard lighting, volume-controlled music, accessible seating and a quiet space.


Mature Students’ Association

  • Mature Students’ Association Intro Day - Tuesday 1st October 3pm-4:30pm, V/N/044

Come and meet your MSA committee for the next year! We’ll have a chat about the year ahead, and how to get the most out of your experience at York. It’s also a great opportunity to make some new friends and learn more about engagement outside your classes.

  • MSA meets LGBTQ - Tuesday 8th October 6pm-9pm, Courtyard

For Mature students to come and meet LGBTQ students in an open and friendly environment and get to know the other networks available.

  • The Power of Neurodiversity - Thursday 10th October 1:30pm-3pm, V/C/026X 

The Power of Neurodiversity workshop, run by the MSA committee, will tackle the misconceptions around neurodiversity, focusing on autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD. The workshop will discuss the power of the neurodiverse brain and how to get help from the University if you’re neurodiverse and struggling.


Womens’ and Non Binary Network

  • Pizza and Patriarchy - Tuesday 1st October 6-7pm, SLB/001

Free pizza, free party, let's take down the patriarchy! Join the women and non-binary network to get to know like-minded students and chat about the issues facing women and non-binary students today.


Working Class and Social Mobility Network

  • Meet, Greet & Eat: Working Class and First Generation Student Mixer - Wednesday 2nd October 1pm-3pm,  Derwent GCR

An afternoon of talks, food, and top tips from current students and university staff. Run by the YUSU Working Class Network and the University Student Hub, this is a great opportunity for students from non-typical higher education backgrounds to get to know one another and the support available to them during their University careers.

  • Working Class 1st Network Meeting and Social - Wednesday 9th October 5:45pm-7pm, SLB/102

Come along to find out about the Working Class Network, what we do, who we are, and how to get involved. We’ll be talking research, committee positions and representation, followed by our 1st social of the year.


Raising and Giving Committee (RAG)

  • Breakfast Club - Thursday 3rd October 9am-11am, The Lounge (RKC bar)

An introduction to YUSU Raising and Giving (RAG). Come down to The Lounge (RKC bar) to hear more about how you can get involved in fundraising throughout the year and how to get involved in a national or international trek or challenge to raise money and awareness for charity! All whilst enjoying breakfast provided by your RAG committee.

  • Games Night - Friday 4th October 7pm-10pm, SLB/101

Come and meet your RAG Committee and learn more about fundraising on campus and how you can give back. Play some games and learn how you can get involved!


International Students’ Association (ISA)

  • Meet and Greet - Tuesday 8th October 2pm-5pm, YourSpace

Come and meet the community of International students here at York, make friends and feel at home.

  • A Multilingual Experience - Friday 4th October 7pm - 10pm, D/N/056

A unifying event for all international students, from all over the globe.  A platform will be given for everyone and anyone to share any poem or song in their mother tongue. Be ready to translate the meaning behind your piece, as we listen and learn about each other's cultures.


Volunteering Committee

  • Microvolunteering at the Mature, Local and Commuting Students Coffee Drop-In - Wednesday 9th October 2pm-4pm, YourSpace

Solve a puzzle to help progress genetic disease research, write a card to an unwell child in the UK or identify animals to support researchers across the globe. In collaboration with the University’s Student Support team, YUSU Volunteering is hosting a relaxed microvolunteering session to allow you to ‘give volunteering a go’, whilst making friends over a free cup of coffee. No previous experience is needed, just pop along whenever is convenient for you.

*This event is primarily for Mature, Local and Commuting students, but all are welcome.


Environment and Ethics Network

  • Film Screening of Arise:Women Healing the Environment - Thursday 3rd October 7pm-10pm, D/N/056

Come along to a screening of the powerful documentary Arise: Women Healing the Environment. On every continent, women are taking the lead to protect and restore the natural environment, and are empowering others to respect the earth. Arise presents the stories of a diverse group of thirteen women in five countries who have initiated solution-oriented environmental projects in their communities, towns and villages. Arise gives voice to these powerful women, and weaves together their inspiring stories with stunning images, poetry and music by well-known writers and musicians, including Alice Walker and Michael Franti.


BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethic) Network

  • Get together with BAME - Monday 7th October 6pm-8pm, SLB/103

Come and find out about your BAME Network here at York. Play board games, chat and get to know fellow BAME students in a casual and friendly setting. All welcome.


Policy Coordinator

  • All things YUSU: How your voice has power - Monday 7th October 5pm-7pm, SLB/208

Wondering what YUSU is? Do you want to get involved? Do you have a great idea for us and want to learn how to propose it?  Come along to this workshop and get your brain tuned in to the world of YUSU! Find out how it is different to your previous school councils and discover how to propose an idea to your Student Union! With lots of changes happening in the Union this year, this is your chance as a fresher to get some insight into what we do.


LGBTQ Network

  • YUSU LGBTQ and You - Thursday 3rd October 5pm - 8pm, J/P/002

This will be a safe space for anybody who identifies within the LGBTQ umbrella, wants to meet other LGBTQ+ people and kick-start beautiful friendships and experiences here at York. This is a meet and greet session where you can chat and get to know your LGBTQ Officer and members of our LGBTQ Network and find out how you can get involved in events, campaigns/fundraising, LGBT History Month, York Pride 2020 and loads more! Come along for this relaxed afternoon, with food and soft drinks provided.

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