Successful Start For OP Friendly Faces

The Old Princethorpians' new initiative, OP Friendly Faces, has had a successful start as the College's Upper Sixth Leavers have been heading off to university over the last few weeks.

OP Friendly Faces aims to link past pupils established at university with first year OP students. Providing a friendly, familiar face to meet up with over a coffee (compliments of the OPs) or having someone to call in their new uni town or city, will, we hope, make for a smoother experience in those first few weeks away from home and help establish a support network of OPs in universities across the country.

This year's Upper Sixth leavers received information on the scheme at their Leavers Eucharist and more information on A-level Results Day, and work has been done behind the scenes putting those who wanted to take part in touch with their OP Friendly Face.

Comments OPs Secretary, Melanie Butler, "We are delighted to have already matched up a number of OPs around the country. Meet ups have already taken place in Manchester, Leeds and Nottingham and for two of our students who are starting at Oxford. We have OP Friendly Faces in around 30 university towns and cities and there is still time for people to get involved."

New Oxford Languages graduate Rhiannon Edwards, took time to meet up with first year Oxford undergraduates Nick Bonsall and James Fletcher in Leamington, before they set off for uni. Comments James Fletcher, "The Friendly Faces meet up was really helpful, we spoke about many aspects of university life at Oxford from Fresher’s Week, to workload and extra-curricular. It was reassuring to be able to hear from someone in person that, whilst it’s certainly tough, it is manageable and you can still enjoy the social side of university. The meet up really helped to settle my nerves before going off to Oxford this week."

Rhiannon added, "We had a great chat, I really enjoyed it and wish them both all the best at Oxford."

Second year Leeds English student, Lotti Morton met up this week with first year English student, Imo Butler, she comments, "We chatted about nice hidden places to visit in the city, the changes that come along with settling into such a different lifestyle and how our course develops through the year! We told each other about our flats and I shared my first year experiences which were hopefully quite reassuring!"

Imo agreed, "It was really nice to talk to someone, who has just gone through what I am experiencing and we are hoping to meet up again soon!"

If you are interested in OP Friendly Faces (either as a Friendly Face or a new undergraduate) please email

Some photos of our Friendly faces meet ups: