Have your cake and eat it at UWE's Undergraduate Open Day

Issue date: 02 June 2005


Issue date: 02/06/05

Wednesday 15 June 2005 – all Campuses

Thousands of visitors will flock to the University of the West of England for the Undergraduate Open Day on Wednesday 15 June 2005. Traditionally one of the busiest days in Bristol UWE’s recruitment calendar, the Open Day provides a good opportunity for prospective students to view the facilities, find out about bursaries, talk to academic staff and quite literally get a taste for life at UWE.

The University has been running a campaign entitled ‘Have your cake and eat it’ to promote the largest bursary scheme in the South West and to raise awareness of the many ways that Bristol UWE is trying to ease the financial burden faced by students. To celebrate the generosity of Bristol UWE’s bursary scheme visitors will be invited to help themselves to ‘strawberry sundae’s’ as they view the facilities and attend talks and demonstrations.

Building work has now begun on the new student village and open day visitors will be amongst the first to view plans of a new study bedroom with en-suite show room. Artist impressions of the student village that will accommodate 1,932 rooms alongside a state of the art sports hall, will also be displayed. The new accommodation will be completed in time for students coming to Bristol UWE in September 2006. Visitors will be able to visit student accommodation in the city centre. Shuttle buses operate throughout the day to ferry visitors from the Frenchay Campus to the city centre.

Neil Sapsworth, Head of UWE’s Student Accommodation Services, said, “We are providing very high specification interiors for the student bedrooms and there has been full consultation with Student Union in the design process. All rooms will have ensuite facilities and there will be spacious communal and social areas in each flat. All rooms will have internet access, VOIP telephone system and satellite TV connection. In comparison with other universities the rooms are very spacious and great care has been taken to maximize storage space. There are a maximum of six students in each flat, all flats have a 24 hour reception and the courtyards surrounding the student village will be attractively landscaped.”

A rolling programme of talks about bursaries will be presented on the hour every hour from 11.15 to 14.15 by Student Advice and Welfare Services. Head of Student Advice and Welfare Services, Christine Huggins, said, “We are aware that this will be a subject that everyone will need to know about so we aim to ensure that all visitors are armed with the facts. Bristol UWE will be providing estimates on bursaries available to students for the first time in 2006. Over half of students joining Bristol UWE in 2006 will receive bursaries. A third, on lower family incomes, are expected to receive £1250 on top of generous support from the government. This is part of a big a push by Bristol UWE to attract those who may be put off higher education.”

Louise Bishop, UWE’s Events Officer, has organised the Open Day. She anticipates a very busy day filled with activities, “We are as always very grateful for the help of student ambassadors who will lead tour groups giving visitors the insider low down on Bristol UWE. There will also be a wide range of talks and demonstrations and the opportunity for visitors to quiz academic staff on the detail of Bristol UWE’s vast range of programmes of study.

For more information and to register on-line view the Bristol UWE website at www.uwe.ac.uk , telephone 0117 32 83333 e-mail open@uwe.ac.uk

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Editor’s notes

Visual of UWE student ambassadors available upon request from the Press Office.

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