UWE Open Day attracts record numbers

Issue date: 08 October 2009

UWE Student ambassadors assist Open Day visitors Saturday 10 October – all Campuses 10.00 to 16.00

The University of the West of England is expecting a record number of 14,000 visitors to the first Open Day of this academic year on Saturday 10 October. The Open Days in October and November are the busiest at this time of year, as potential students visit universities to help them decide where they are going to study.

Victoria Pratt, UWE's Events Manager is organising the Open Day, she said, “This weekend's Open Day is set to be the biggest yet, as we've had a record number of enquiries. Visitors can expect a warm welcome from academics, support staff and student ambassadors who are all currently studying at UWE and who can give a real insight into student life and studying here.

“University Open Days are an important opportunity for next year's intake of students to come and experience the University, to meet staff and students and see for themselves the fantastic facilities that the University has to offer. There is a flexible programme of events and activities throughout the day, but we would advise visitors to arrive as early as possible to get the most out of their visit.”

Guided tours of the campuses have been arranged so that all visitors can see the fantastic facilities available at UWE.

Visitors taking part in the Engineering tour at the Bristol Institute of Technology will be able to hear all about the University's role in the exciting development of BLOODHOUND SSC, a car designed to take the land speed record to over 1000 mph. The 12.8 metres full scale mock up of the car will be available to view and current placement students will be talking about their experiences of working on this inspiring engineering project.

The School of Life Sciences will be including a tour of its state of the art Crime Scene House for those students who are interested in studying Forensic Science. Visitors attending the Radiotherapy talk at the School of Health and Social Care will have the opportunity to see a demonstration of a revolutionary new virtual linear accelerator (VERT). This latest technology helps student Radiotherapy Radiographers learn to safely deliver doses of radiotherapy to tumours.

Other events at the Open Day include the introduction to UWE and Student Finance talks which will run throughout the day. Academic staff from Faculties and representatives from Student Accommodation and Admissions will also be available to give advice and answer questions.

Visitors can also find out about the wide range of student services available including careers and employability advice, volunteering opportunities, support for students with disabilities, health advice and support offered to international students.

Getting to the University is made easier by the free shuttle buses that will operate all day from Bristol Temple Meads to Bower Ashton Campus and from Bristol Parkway and Patchway Stations to Frenchay Campus. Free shuttle buses between campuses throughout the day will also make it easy for visitors to get round, so they can experience the full range of facilities across the University.

Visitors who are unfamiliar with Bristol can take a coach tour of the city centre, available from St Matthias Campus. Coaches will be available at Frenchay and Bower Ashton Campuses to view city centre accommodation and these trips will also incorporate a short tour of Bristol.

For more information please see: Open Day

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