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student transformation weekend 2018

On the morning of Saturday 8th September, students from across the university embarked on a weekend of interactive and fun-filled activities.  

Given only the essentials, including a poncho, a water bottle, a torch and (of course) glow sticks, students headed to the Hautbois Activity Centre where they got the opportunity to tackle a jam-packed agenda of camping-based activities and engaging exercises that would put their minds to the test. The activities were all aimed at creating the opportunity to learn new skills, meet other students, and to try something different, challenging those involved to make fully functioning teams with people they had never met. 

Jumping straight into the exciting weekend that followed, students met their team mates using a range of icebreakers and began activities varying from project management and team building, to using Star Trek’s “kobyashi meru” training exercise to explore the most creative ways to problem solve.  

From goggle football to surviving a werewolf invasion, the weekend had it all! Saturday evening even included our “minute to win it” gameshow which challenged student teams to show off their best party tricks, songs and dances for a panel of judges. The activity engaged everyone in teamwork and co-ordination, but most importantly it was a laugh for us all! 

We received some great feedback from all the students who attended. Robert Thurbon, an International Development student, shared his thoughts: ‘I loved the communal spirit. Getting to know students from different degrees, clubs and backgrounds was great, everyone was really open-minded, and it meant that we could all relax and have a laugh’.  

The weekend was such a success that not only are we planning another for next year, but we are currently planning a similar event called the Edge Conference for our committees, student staff, course reps and buddy volunteers in February. So if you want to try something a bit different and meet other students, then keep your eyes peeled for more details about our Edge Conference! To see what else the campers got up to, check out the pictures below or search #STW18 on twitter for more.