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We run a family (parenting) scheme exclusively for our first year students. It's a great way to meet new people and become part of our community!

Family Scheme

How does it work?

Every first year student (member or non-member) will be invited to join our scheme. It's usually something most people do, as it's such a great opportunity!

First years will be grouped with two second or third year students. Each family will normally consist of 2 "parents" and 3 or 4 "children".

You'll have the option to say if you'd prefer a non-drinking family, as we have many students who'd like to.

What does it involve?

A family is like a support network. You can speak to your parents for advice, support, guidance or even help with your Chemistry learning! It's just someone to talk to about anything.

We also encourage families to work together at some of our events, such as pub quizzes. This really helps to get to know the others in your group better.

You may like to socialise with your family before events ("pres") at your parents' houses. 

Why do it?

Joining uni is a big step up, and it's hard to know what to expect. It can be difficult to meet people and settle in, particularly following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Having a family lets you easily meet new people, giving you more confidence and helping you have a great time! 

You'll build strong connections for the rest of your degree in Bristol, and it can take as little or as much of your time as you like.

As the year goes on, we realise you might prefer to socialise with other people – no problem! But at least you know you've still got someone to talk to whenever you need them.

How do I join?

Most families have now been allocated for the academic year 2022/23. However, it is never too late to join!

All First Year Chemistry students can sign up, and there are two ways to do this:

Don't worry if you sign up twice! Please fill in either form as soon as possible so we can allocate you a family.

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