Even Freshers’ Week Is Semi-Cancelled For The Queen (And Students Aren’t Happy)

The Queen’s death has led to a sweep of event cancellations this September.

In the wake of last Thursday’s news, rail and postal workers postponed their planned strikes, the Premier League paused matches over the weekend, and several designers have cancelled their shows for London Fashion Week.

Now, the autumn institution that is Freshers’ Week is also being impacted.

Anyone who’s been a student will understand the significance of this. Freshers’ Week is a chance to meet new people, join university societies, acquire more tote bags and free pens than you know what to do with, and, most of all, have some serious fun before all the actual hard work starts.

Depending on your uni destination, it can fall anywhere from mid-September to early-October, but a significant amount of students are arriving on campus just now – as the nation marks an official period of national mourning.

Some student unions have formally announced that they are scaling back or postponing Freshers’ Week programmes “out of respect” for the queen.

But, considering how difficult the past few years have been for many young people, is this fair? Twitter certainly doesn’t think so.

Most new undergraduates starting this autumn term come to university at the end of two years of severe disruption to their sixth-form studies – a period marked by national and local lockdowns, school closures, and sweeping changes to their exams and assessments.

Meanwhile, not one of the past three cohorts of students have been able to experience a full university degree on campus.

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