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Win one of 10 tickets to Glasgow Comic con!

Do you like dressing up as Wonder woman in your spare time? Do you consider yourself a comic book aficionado? Ever wondered what it would be like to meet your superheros in real life?

Well, look no further! MCM Comic Con is offering you lucky students the chance to win ONE of TEN tickets to Glasgow’s Comic Con at the SECC 24th – 25th September!

Glasgow’s Comic Con is a huge celebration of modern pop culture where you can take part in eSports competitions, explore a Comic Village packed with artists and writers, enjoy colourful costumes in the Cosplay Masquerade and meet special guests from the worlds of TV and film including Chris Barrie, Meg Turney, Sylvester MccCoy and more!

MCM Comic Con events are the UK’s largest and most exciting pop culture shows, and the only UK based shows that bring together such a broad scope of popular culture categories including; Movies, Gaming, Comics, Anime, Television Shows, Gadgets, Clothing and Toys

To enter the competition simply follow and re-tweet and be in for the chance to win a ticket to one of the biggest events in the city! Deadline 19th September 1pm.


Last September, over 25,000 pop culture fans filled the SECC and this year is set to be even bigger! So don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity and keep an eye on the MCM Comic Con Twitter and Facebook for more updates!

‘Sometimes it’s only madness that makes us what we are’ – Batman

Terms and conditions: UK residents only. Over 18s only. Only one entry per applicant permitted. No purchase necessary. The competition runs until 19th September. Entries received after the closing date cannot be considered, winners will be announced via Freshers’ Festival Twitter. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and is not redeemable for cash or other prizes. Entry into the competition is acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.

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Win Tickets to Resonate – Total Gaming


Scotland’s newest and largest gaming festival, Resonate – Total Gaming, is set to power its way into Glasgow for the first time this summer.

From 29–31 July 2016, the highly anticipated festival of eSports and gaming will take over the SECC offering an exciting range of programming to satisfy folks of all ages. To celebrate, we’ve teamed up with Resonate to offer students and freshers alike the chance to win one of 5 pairs of tickets!

You could be in for a chance to explore gaming paradise in this exhilarating high-tempo environment, and get your hands on new, retro and indie games while competing alongside other gamers on Scotland’s biggest gaming stage! You’ll also meet your favourite YouTube & broadcast champions! What’s NOT to love?

Simply LIKE and RE-TWEET for a chance to WIN! Deadline Wednesday 27th July 2016.

Competitive guests can also enter the Resonate Compete Tournaments where teams will battle each other over the festival weekend to win prizes and become the ultimate Resonate gaming champion!

From the casual player to the diehard gamer, Resonate has something for everyone.

To keep up with the Resonate gaming chat, head over to their website or drop them a line on Twitter.

Terms & Conditions

This competition is open to all adults over the age of 18. All entries must include the name and contact details of the entrant. Entries will not be considered if they do not have all information specified. Winners will be chosen at random, this decision is final. Prize is one pair of tickets to Resonate Total Gaming at the SECC, Glasgow. Prize is only valid for one day. This prize has no cash alternative, is non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Travel is not included. Resonate Total Gaming reserves the right to refuse entry without explanation. Deadline Wednesday 27th July 2016.

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WIN a Group Brewery Tour and Beer tasting at Drygate

Fancy treating you and your friends to a brewery tour and tasting at the hoppy-hazed hemisphere that is Drygate Brewery? You do, aye? Well, look no further!

Drygate is offering tickets for you and five friends for a brewery tour and beer tasting – it’ll be great chance to explore Glasgow’s culinary landscape, scoff some delicious nosh and put your face in some delicious beer.

There will be TWO winners for this competition and they will be announced at the Freshers’ Festival. Don’t want to miss out? Then get yourself along to the event for freebies, live music, Papa John’s pizza and a chance to win this incredible prize!



Simply follow @drygate and @freshersfest and tweet a photo of yourself with our Freshers Fest subway posters or a bottle of Drygate beer with the hashtag #fearlessfresher. Drygate will be launching an all new ‘Fearless’ range in September, so there couldn’t be a better way to honour their beer while reminding you to stay fearless during the academic year!

The best two photos will win. So what are you waiting for? GET SNAPPING!


Terms and conditions: UK residents only. Over 18s only. Only one entry per applicant permitted. No purchase necessary. The competition runs until 24th September. Entries received after the closing date cannot be considered, winners will be notified at Freshers’ Fest 2015 at the SECC in Glasgow at the Drygate stall. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and is not redeemable for cash or other prizes. Entry into the competition is acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.

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10 Reasons to get to Freshers’ Festival

By Mina Green

As the most anticipated sudent event of the year, Freshers’ Festival boasts live music, dancers, DJs, freebies and competitions. Not to mention thousands of merry students and freshers alike, mingling in their own euphoria with a belly full of Papa Johns.  Taking place at Glasgow’s famous SECC on 23rd-24th September 11am-5pm this festival encompasses the perks of studying in Scotland. If you’re looking for a two-day craze packed with awesome people, good vibes and giveaways from your favourite restaurants and clubs, then this is the event for you. Actually, the question should be: who is the event NOT for? (it’s no-one, btw).

Meeting other students

Freshers’ Festival is open to all students, and 8,000 of them graced the SECC last year with their joyous presence and made the event a highlight of the academic year. Students from all over Scotland attend, so it’s a great way of meeting new people from different universities and cities and expanding your friendship group beyond the carpeted comfort of halls. Sometimes socialising can be daunting, especially if you’re moving to a city for the first time. Freshers’ Fest is a hub for good banter and great laughs and new friends.


Freebies and discounts

Exhibitors ranging from restaurants to nightclubs to retailers man their stalls with warm hearts, big smiles and of course lots of free stuff. It could be samples, tasters, free t-shirts or jelly shots. Massive discounts will also be available, making your year fun and your bank balance proud. Browse the stalls to your heart’s content and take advantage of the freebies, while getting to know new businesses in your city.

Competition prizes

Last year’s competition prizes included the actual Inbetweeners car, a Macbook, holidays and a Lambrini all-night pamper package. The best way to ensure you have a chance at winning any of the fantastic prizes is to get yourself along to the event! Who knows, you could be the lucky winner of one of our mystery prizes!


Food and drink

It’s often impossible to be fed, watered and entertained in a city if your pockets are empty and you used your last fiver on a 12 pack of Budweiser. But at Freshers’ Fest you needn’t worry. Some of the exhibitors include Pintos Mexican Kitchen, Bread and Butter, Yo Sushi and Steak and Cherry.  On top of that. this year Papa Johns will be giving out free pizza ALL DAY, so embrace your freshers’ 13 and get intimate with your favourite grub.


Music and Entertainment 

Mains stage acts will include DJs blasting your favourite tunes while you stuff your face with pizza and swing your hips dramatically. With thousands of new friends, a constant stream of freebies and the best of Scotland’s music scene you’d be bonkers not to attend. I mean what’s better than a mean sound system to compliment your mean posse? As well as music, we’ll be bringing you all kinds of attractions to get you super psyched for your new life in the big city! With fashion shows, dancers, rap battles, cheerleaders and even yoga taking to the stage in previous years, you can be guaranteed we’ve our sleeves full of surprises for 2015. And the best part? It’s all FREE!



Whether you’re just about to embark into the big bad world on the scary job hunt, or are just wanting to think about the future (even if it feels like light years away), Freshers’ Festival will be showcasing some of Scotland’s best employers. This gives you the chance to ask for some careers advice and get tips on how to crack your chosen industry. Who knows, you might discover a career route you’d never even have thought about before? Note: we don’t have any lion tamers coming, so please don’t be disappointed.

Clothes and Merchandise

Sassy tote bags, key rings, starter kits, hoodies and more. Those moving to Scotland to study for the first time may have underestimated the weather’s capabilities, but fear not! With handfuls of cosy cotton delights advertising your favourite clubs you’re sure to survive the winter.



As well as being a free event with all kinds of expense-free goodies, travel to and from the festival will also cost you nothing.  Shuttle buses will be taking you to and from the SECC to make your day even more hassle-free, especially for new students who aren’t familiar with the location.

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VIP tickets

These are FREE and guaranteed to take your festival experience to a whole new level of awesome – with all area access, free food and drink samples, access to the ‘watering hole’ and a plus one, so you could even take your new date. Grab them online before it’s too late!



Elated, well-fed and little bit tipsy, you’ll be soaking up the chill vibes and sweet energies of your peers at this shimmering shindig. After all, Freshers’ Festival is a two-day party overflowing with good people and rosy cheeks. Could you ask for more?


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WIN Complexion Perfection with bareMinerals!

Psst! We’ve got the best-kept beauty secret in Scotland – and we’re about to spill it for Freshers’ Festival 2014!

Get in line for a 10am kick-off on Thursday, 2nd October at the SECC, as the first 50 super lucky ladies through our doors will win a voucher to receive a complimentary make-under at the Buchanan Galleries bareMinerals Boutique counter! It’s the perfect way to fall back in love with your skin as you discover their signature make-under in a pamper session. Find your perfect shade in one of three skin-loving foundations, master the Swirl, Tap, Buff makeup application technique and achieve all the coverage you want with a no-makeup look and feel. We’re squeezing in even more reasons be one of the very first to this year’s event!

In a double whammy, you’ll also have the chance to win the runner-up prize of a fantastic Beauty Kit containing bareMinerals essentials worth over £100. This sought-after kit contains make-up brushes, primer, eye colour, foundation, lipgloss and more. Gorgeous!


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Wait, it’s not stopping there either! We’re scoring a hat trick with a brilliant grand prize of the ultimate Girlfriend Party. The winner of this top prize will receive a voucher to entitle them and their five most deserving friends to a Girlfriend Party at the Buchanan Galleries boutique. The space will be all yours for an hour and a half where you’ll each be treated to a one-to-one make-under, learn all the latest tips and techniques to achieve complexion perfection, plus you’ll leave with an extra treat too.

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But don’t fret if you didn’t make the top 50; we’re guaranteeing that everyone has a chance to win the runner-up and grand prize, as we’ll be drawing a free raffle on both days of the festival. Just make sure and grab a ticket at registration on your way in. We’ll be announcing the winner for the Beauty Kit on the Main Stage on Thursday, 2nd October at 3pm, with the ultimate Girlfriend Party winner announced on Friday, 3rd October at 3pm.

Go on, get your beauty sleep to make sure that you’re fresh as a daisy for this year’s spectacular event!





Terms and conditions: Entry will take place at registration at the SECC on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd October. First 50 attendees will be eligible for make under voucher. Voucher must be redeemed at the Buchanan Galleries bareMinerals unit. Winner will be drawn for the Beauty Kit on Thursday 2nd October, 3pm at Scotcampus Freshers’ Festival Main Stage at Glasgow’s SECC. Winner will be drawn for the Girlfriend Party on Friday, 3rd October, 3pm on the Freshers’ Festival Main Stage. No alternative prizes are available.  Winners may be photographed for promotional use.