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University of Sydney welcomes students back to campus


This article is sponsored by the University of Sydney. Authorised by Vice-Chancellor and Principal Prof. Mark Scott. Enquiries: 9351 2000; info.centre@sydney.edu.au

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After months of online learning during the pandemic, the University of Sydney celebrated the return of students during Welcome Week (February 14-18).

It was thrilling to see our campuses full of life once again, with students exploring the University and its services, attending orientation events and connecting with their peers. The program combined in-person events with online activities for those unable to come to campus.

During Welcome Week, the University of Sydney Union (USU) hosted Welcome Fest (February 16-18), a celebration featuring live music, an outdoor cinema, food trucks, and hundreds of clubs and societies to join.

In response to the challenges students have faced during the pandemic, the University tripled its investment in Welcome Week for 2022 and provided grants for student organisations to increase their already substantial contribution to student life.

The result was our biggest ever Welcome Week – a joyful celebration of everything that makes campus life special.

University isn’t just about what you learn in the classroom. It’s about experiences, connections and friendships that can shape your life for decades to come.

Semester 1 has now begun, with a return to on-campus teaching and remote options available for those not yet able to attend campus.

As campus life returns, the University will continue to follow public-health guidance, taking all reasonable precautions to minimise the transmission of COVID-19. Our COVID safety precautions will apply to all on-campus activities.

For students returning to our campuses and those joining us for the first time, the last two years have often been difficult and isolating. While the safety of our community remains paramount, it’s also important that as much of the student experience as possible is delivered in person, on campus.

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