Welcome Week 2020

The GSB's 2020 Welcome Week was unlike any other! Taking place over five weeks (we really should have called it "Welcome Month"!), we welcomed our new students through a packed schedule of almost entirely online events.

Welcome Week began with a two-week period of events aimed at getting students involved at Clare Hall from wherever they were in the world, including those who had not yet made their journeys to Cambridge and many others who were quarantining on arrival. These two weeks featured Coffee Chats, where students could meet and chat online over a coffee; Brunch deliveries, where new arrivals were provided brunches in their quarantine locations; and of course the famous Virtual Workouts hosted by Clare Hall Boat Club.

As students ended their quarantine periods and moved into communal Clare Hall houses or to their accommodation elsewhere in the city, our next three weeks included events that small groups of students could participate in together -- often with their new housemates -- while connecting with other participating groups online. Highlights included a Pub Quiz, hosted online by two of our ALB bartenders; a Chopped Challenge, where the GSB provided ingredients for students to creatively put together in a meal; a Bake Off, where students baked vegan banana muffins together; a Societies' Fair, during which representatives of Clare Hall's various clubs and teams shared information about how to get involved; and Drink-and-Draw evenings, where students would draw pictures based on various themes and share the results online. We also held limited in-person events, including small-group tours of the college led by student volunteers.

The Welcome Week Committee would like to thank everyone who helped out with and took part in Welcome Week. We had an enthusiastic team of students who helped out with organising events, making deliveries to students in quarantine, giving college tours, answering questions, and welcoming our new students to the college community.


- GSB Welcome Week Committee 2020

(Drawing by Laurent, MPhil in Scientific Computing)


(Drawing by Leo, who researches palm oil production and its impact).

Main photo - Jenny, MPhil in Education (Arts, Creativity, and Education).