The past two years have seen huge innovation
and change in university open events, and
the range of activities available to students
can seem overwhelming. Attending university
open events is one of the best ways to find out
if a university and course is the right fit for a
Working out which events to attend and proper preparation is crucial to a student making the most of their time on campus. So, this is an insight into open events which will hopefully assist you when providing guidance to your students.
These events are a great option for introducing a class to higher education and the options that are available to them. These are usually arranged by a school and college liaison or outreach team at a university. Depending on when in the year you visit a campus, these can also include sessions on applying to UCAS and starting an application. Check out UniTasterDays.com and individual university websites to find details of these events.
Everyone knows about open days – right?
Yes and no. While open days are the most
well-known event, they can also be the most
misunderstood. For many universities, the days
of visitors just turning up and having a talk
are long gone. Open days are changing and
evolving, the open day will reflect the type of
university and course the student has chosen,
so there really is not a “one-size-fits-all” event,
they will vary in size, shape, and content.
Students should visit 3 – 5 universities for open days. Even if they are really set on a specific university, it is a good idea to visit more than one to get perspective.
After applying, most universities will invite
prospective students for a second visit. These
can either be once they have applied or after an
offer has been made.
These events usually include more subject- based activities and may involve either a group or a one-to-one meeting with an academic member of staff. If your students are invited before an offer is made, they should check if this one-to-one is an interview or just an informal chat.
Digital fatigue is real, but there is still real
value in online activities. Many universities
use Unibuddy, which allows prospective
students to contact current students and staff,
ask questions, and find out more about the
university and student life.
Online open days and webinars are also valuable as they can give students another chance to hear from academic members of staff, ask questions to support services and follow-up anything they may have missed or were not clear on from an on-campus event. Some universities also run webinars on preparing for key events such as open days, results days, and ahead of enrolment.
1. Book a place for the event – this is the
best way to know what to expect and to
stay up to date.
2. Read the programme and other information (and check your junk folder).
3. Plan how to get to the open day, and check where to go – especially if there is more than one campus. If the event is online, plan which device to use and have the charger to hand.
4. Prioritise what to do and allow time for some queueing.
5. Bring a notebook and take photos, to document the day for reflection.
6. Think of some questions to ask on the day to support future decision making.
This free newsletter will include information on university events added to UniTasterDays, as well as details about new webinars and blog releases for you and your students.
posted on 27 Nov '23
Applying to university is one of the biggest decisions that a student will make and supporting them through this process might seem daunting for you. This short guide will provide you with an overview of the admissions process and highlight some of the important aspects and key dates to be aware of.
by Jon Cheek
posted on 27 Nov '23
Applying to university is one of the biggest decisions that you will make and that might seem really daunting right now. This short guide will provide you with an overview of the admissions process and highlight some of the important aspects and key dates to be aware of.