Fresh start for college’s new student intake

Forfar students Seantelle Deveres and Danny Byrne at the Freshers' Fair.

Forfar students Seantelle Deveres and Danny Byrne at the Freshers' Fair.

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New students from across Angus were getting to grips with their surroundings recently with a warm welcome laid on by D&A College.

This is the college’s very first new intake under the banner of Dundee and Angus College after the two institutions merged last year.

Freshers who will be attending classes at the Arbroath Campus during the coming year enjoyed a fun-filled yet informative celebration in Keptie Road last week, when around 40 different organisations were present including the army, Royal Navy and Angus Women’s Aid.

Among them there representatives of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service who helped students to stage a quadruple ice bucket challenge.

Firefighters from the Arbroath Fire Station were on hand when student president Marc Winsland, vice-president Conor McLeod, learner engagement officer Tatiana Zorina and Craig Nicoll, sport and well-being officer, all endured a ‘dooking’ to raise charity cash.

Tatiana said: “While we were aiming for a carnival atmosphere with a range of fun activities, we are always keen to promote health and well-being among our new students.

“Having organisations giving advice on health, welfare, and finance, and even companies offering employment opportunities, can be very helpful to new students. We were particularly happy to see so many sports organisations being represented as the Arbroath Campus is home to a new D&A College Sports Union.”