News | Friday, 24th August 2018
Five minutes with… Adam Rothwell, Residential Life Co-ordinator
"We love putting on fun events to help students meet each other"
Adam Rothwell, Residential Life Co-ordinator, tells the Student Communications team how Residential Life supports students to settle into halls and shares his 'must pack' items that all new students should bring with them to University.
What is Residential Life and what does your typical day look like?
"The Residential Life team offers proactive support to students living in halls by creating opportunities for them to get involved and meet new people. As part of my role, I supervise a team of Residential Advisors, hold meetings with students (either individually or as a flat) to offer advice and information, as well as hosting a range of campaigns and events."
What is your favourite thing about the University?
"I’ve been at Manchester Met for seven years now – three years studying BA (Hons) Events Management and then the last four years within Residential Life. My favourite thing about the University is that it’s such an inclusive place and I feel supported here."
Do you have a top tip for students starting at the University in September?
"Be open-minded – University life is full of new and exciting experiences and it’s important that you get involved with as much as you can, even if that means pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. There’s lots of support available and a fantastic Welcome events calendar designed to help you get settled into your new surroundings, so get stuck in!"
What support is available to students in halls and how can they access these services?
"Our in-house team of Residential Advisors (RA’s) are second year, third year and postgraduate students, and they are the first port of call if our students have any questions. Their role is to offer advice about living in student halls and providing important information about accessing support across the University.
"The RA’s run drop-in sessions between 6-7pm every day in the reception areas of each of the halls and they also regularly visit the flats to see how things are going and talk to students about the upcoming opportunities to get involved in university life. At the beginning of the year they also support each flat in agreeing on guidelines for successful communal living."
You mentioned about hosting events for halls students, what sort of things do you run?
"Yes, we love putting on fun events to help students meet students in other flats and build a strong network of friends. The events we host each year are based on what students say they would be interested in and the RA’s help to deliver them.
"Last year we had the 'Residents Cup', where each hall collected points through various Crystal Maze-type activities and the winners were treated to a pizza night, and the 'Meet the Neighbours' quiz went down really well too."
Students will be starting to get ready to move soon, but what should they make sure they bring with them?
"We provide new students with a checklist of all the important items to bring with them, but here’s a few more to add to their list:
- Things to make your room homely – photos from home are always a nice touch
- An umbrella – unfortunately the rumours are true, it does rain a lot in the North-West
- A shower caddy, so you can take toiletries to and from the bathroom easier
- An academic diary or calendar to help you plan your weeks
- And last but not least, don’t for a positive mind set!"