After months of online learning during the pandemic, Welcome Week 2022 (14-18 February) will kick off with a combination of both in-person and online events. The University of Sydney Union will host Welcome Fest (16-18 February), 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.
“We are welcoming our students back with a celebration that offers everything that makes campus life special,” said Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Mark Scott.
“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.
"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."
We are welcoming our students back with a celebration that offers everything that makes campus life special.
USU President Prudence Wilkins-Wheat said excitement was high among the student community. “We can’t wait to come back,” said the fifth-year Arts/Law student.
“This year’s Welcome Fest will be the biggest ever and there’s a real feeling of hope and anticipation among the students as campus life returns. Those of us who can are looking forward to attending classes in person, and we can’t wait to dive into all the other experiences that university offers.”
Semester 1 will begin after Welcome Week on 21 February, with a return to on-campus teaching. Remote options will be 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. The University’s COVID safety precautions will apply to all on-campus activities.