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The Student Success Festival is a holistic grouping of a large array of services within Middlesex University to help students achieve their best!

Welcome to the Student Success Festival!




We just love giving away prizes!! Whether it's smoothie makers3D virtual experiences or iPads we simply can't get enough of giving things away!

Here is a picture of one of our first competition winners receiving his prize! Jonathan won this iPad for his amazing student advice video, which you can view here! We also had three runners-up who all received Amazon vouchers! You can view all the student advice videos here.

What is the Student Success Festival?


The Student Success Festival is a series of year round events aimed at connecting you with the various support services offered at Middlesex University. Our goal is to help you feel a part of the Middlesex community, so you understand who you can talk to when you need help or direction. 

Success is not only related to grades (though of course that is important!), but also to the experience of studying, life on campus, mental and physical wellbeing and employment and opportunities beyond the classroom. So, the Student Success Festival focuses on Academic success and also on Career success and Mental Health and Wellbeing.

 Take a look around this website and see all the things we've done in the past, watch some videos from students and from choice YouTube channels, and check out the pages of our team mates!

What's the ethos?

There is method behind the madness, honest!

The Student Success festival is built around the principle ideas of critical learning and engagement. Simply put, numerous studies (see for example Wenger 2010) have shown that students who feel a part of the university tend to be more successful! Why? Because they engage more, they know who's who and where to get help if they need it and - most importantly - they know that they are entitled to that help!

Of course, most of the time you won't need that help. But you're only human and studying and balancing a life and financial commitments is one of the hardest things you'll ever have to do - and one of the most rewarding! But when you do need help, we want you to know not just where to go to get it, but that the people helping you are friendly, kind and real people.

So, you see, our intention with the Student Success Festival isn't to 'sell' you services or shove leaflets into your hands. It's to give you a chance to get to know the people whose job it is to help you succeed. And yes, to give you a load of free stuff, too!

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The Student Success Festival is back and bigger than ever! Join us for two days or fun, games and prizes in the Quad. We will have stall and activities from a host of different services, as well as companion dogs, free gifts and treats! 

Speed Meet by Skype

A full list of Speed Meet gurus is available below plus instructions on how to have a conversation with them via Skype.

What's On?

Speed Meet! 


How would you like to meet someone who can help you find the answers to important questions - in less than five minutes? The Library Speed Meet is back by popular demand! Not to be missed, our experts will feed your mind with lunchtime info-bites on a whole range of subjects, from cycling and climbing mountains to volunteering and lifelong learning and much more! Pick from a mix of our wise gurus, ask questions and discover what you can learn! Join us at the Student Success Festival, claim your free gift and enter a prize draw!


Cracking the code 


Challenge yourself to crack the code! It's a race against the clock - can you solve the puzzles and emerge victorious?! How much do you really know about the library? Can you decipher the hidden messages and win yourself a prize? Come along to the Decipher the code at the Student Success Festivaltest your code-cracking credentialsand win what’s inside the case! 


Dissertation stations!  


Build your way to success! It can seem like there’s a lot of mountains to climb when you’re studying – but we want to help make it easier for you! Let us give you the tools and equipment you need to reach the peaks of success. Want a way to make writing easier? Want to feel more in control of your process? Come along to the SSF and take part in our interactive, quick and practical game to help you get to grips with one of the biggest tasks you’ll face at Uni! 


Tower Takedown! 


What kind of person enjoys maths? Maybe you! Can you beat the Tower of Hanoi and vanquish your maths maladies? Quick, easy, and fun, Tower Takedown will show you some maths tricks and tips and leave you feeling victorious!


Table Talk Adventures! 


Want to learn Spanish, French or Mandarin? No problem! Join us to ask them any question about the language, their culture or practice your existing skills. Take part in the unique experience of having multiple student language experts all in one place! Stress-free, fun and open to all - and you can make new friend too. You can’t miss this Student Success Festival event!


Culture Snap! 


Who doesn't want to travel the world, meet new people, eat new food, and experience different ways of living? Can you spot the difference between the Australian and New Zealand flag? What about where paella is from, or what is the capital of Argentina? Challenge your friends to a fun game of snap while improving your world cultural knowledge. Come along to the SSF to meet the international exchange team, have some fun and win some yummy prizes.



What's on 2?!



Calling all competition junkiesDo you fancy yourself a top baller, speed freak like Usain Bolt or heavy hitter like Nicola Adams? Compete against your peers in your chosen event! The Student Success Festival will be the site of the first round!

Somethings got to Quiz – The Apprentice vs Dragons Den 


Are you an expert at spotting fake news? Do you fancy yourself as the next Alan Sugar or Peter Jones? Come to the Student Success Festival and test your knowledge by entering our Apprentice vs Dragons Den quiz and see if you can work out which of our fun facts are true or false, and hear how you can enter a real-life Dragons Den competition this year!


Hot Shot Monkey Madness 


Skills, skills, skills! We all know we need them - but how do you choose which ones to learn? And where can you go to learn them?  Lynda to the rescue! With our Monkey Madness shooting gallery, only at the Student Success Festival, you can get a unique course recommendation without reviewing our 7000 courses! The better the aim, the more specific the course! Even better, top scorers will take away some dark chocolate to eat whilst learning!




Everyone knows they’ve gained more skills at University than just the grade and degree on your certificate. But how do you prove that to employers? Come and chat to the Alumni team & MDX Works to find out more! Compete against your mates to prove the skills you’ve gained at Uni. All entrants get an on-the-spot LinkedIn headshot today, as well as a review of their LinkedIn profile! The winner of each round is entered into a prize draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher!


Master’s Puzzle 


Like a challenge? Want to take control of your future, excel in the job market and become a leader in your chosen field? We’ve got the answers for you. Try your hand in our exciting puzzle to see if you are ready for your Master’s at MDX! The best time results will get a prize - £30 voucher.


Puptastic Paws Patrol! 


Come and meet our paw-fessional team of doggo doctors, trained to help relieve stress and promote wellbeing with just a woof and a wag! Our two dogs are fully trained canine assistant dogs that can’t get enough of meeting new friends and sniffing out and chasing stress away.  Visit these two good boys in their special area at The Student Success festival for controlled, safe and doggo-friendly meet-ups, with the help of their hoomin P.As (who are also trained in canine wellbeing). 


Please note that access to the dogs will be controlled to a set number of visitors for the dogs’ wellbeing, and that the animals will be taking breaks throughout the day. Enjoy the Festival and grab some free gifts while you wait!


We've had the following employers and bussiness take part in the SSF, all of whom have been there to help you!


Who's involved?

Below are all the teams and guests we've had at previous SSFs. Every year the festival is growing, so look out for even more guests in the future!

  • Middlesex Student Union
  • Student Learning Advisers (SLAs)
  • MDXWorks!
  • Alumni Network
  • Progression and Support
  • The Learning Enhancement Team (LET)
  • Middlesex Library
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Counselling and Mental Health
  • Language and Culture Exchange
  • Erasmus (International Study)
  • Post-graduate Progression & Support
  • Financial Help and Support
  • Companion animals
  • Disability & Dyslexia
  • ...and more!

What kind of things happen?

We want you to enjoy the Student Success Festival!

Yes, we know. Studying and enjoyment don't exactly go hand-in-hand. We get it. It's hard, and expensive, and sometimes downright miserable. And while we can't wave a magic wand and make all the stress and anxiety nonexistent, we can help you deal with it.

Middlesex University is one of the leading universities in the UK for student support. There is so much available to you, and it's all free.

But the problem is, maybe you don't know how to access it. Maybe you don't want to speak to a stranger. Maybe you don't want to admit you need help.

These are all incredibly normal ways to be. But that doesn't change the fact that you're missing out on help that you're entitled to!

So, this is where the Student Success Festival comes in. This isn't your average event. You're not going to be expected to wander around the Quad, looking at desks and picking up leaflets which you'll never read.

Instead, we want you to have free gifts. We want you to play games. We want you to take part in competitions. We want to give you things, like iPads and goody bags and free treats and smoothies. Your only job is to show up, have fun, and take advantage of the freebies on offer. That's it!

Every year, we arrange for all the best support services we can offer to come along and meet you. To get to know you. After all, you're paying a lot of money to study with us, and while we can't say that that money guarantees you a degree (spoilers: it doesn't), we certainly owe it to you to offer you as much help, guidance, and support as we possibly can! 

So come along, see what you think and let us help you achieve every success you can!