Thousands of enthusiastic students from all over the world made North London their new home last week, as Middlesex celebrated the start of a new academic year with the traditional freshers' activities.
First on the agenda was ensuring newcomers to the capital gained a taste of London life, with a greeting from "David Beckham" and "Harry Potter" (lookalikes), alongside a more formal welcome from the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Michael Driscoll.
Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, Martin Russell, was on hand to give an official greeting on behalf of Londoners.
The University also laid on a novel ice-breaker, with 279 students creating a hula-hoop chain, achieving a new world record in the process. Subject to final confirmation, Middlesex should take the record previously held by John Carroll University Ohio (USA), who managed 249 participants.
Following the record new student Rajas Kute, who has moved to Hendon from India, said: "I've never experienced this type of event in my country before. I'm just hoping that we've broken a new record. I was one of them, I took part in it and I'm proud of it!"
Middlesex University Student Engagement Manager Ambika Kucheria said: "The serious business of study will kick in soon enough, but freshers' week is about settling in and meeting new friends from all over the world."
"We're here to provide the education and support students need to launch their careers, but also ensure they graduate with experiences they will never forget."
New Middlesex students are the first to see the realisation of the University's long term plan to move all teaching to Hendon, creating a single London campus. Following recent closures of Trent Park, Archway and Cat Hill campuses, and a £200m investment in Hendon, Middlesex now has one of the largest university campuses in the UK with a range of brand new or refurbished buildings, labs, studios and facilities for socialising.
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