Thousands visit UWE for Undergraduate Open Day

Issue date: 07 October 2005


All Campuses 15 October 2005 10.00 to 16.00

Thousands of hopeful applicants will find out more about what the University of the West of England offers at the Undergraduate Open Day on Saturday 15 October.

The university opens its doors offering a full programme of talks, the opportunity to meet and question academic staff and campus tours by UWE’s team of student ambassadors.

Coaches from Frenchay Campus will transport visitors to visit city centre student accommodation – this also incorporates a mini tour of Bristol with Bristol Blue Badge Guides providing commentary.

There will be information on the exciting new student accommodation and Sports Hall that will be ready for students joining UWE in 2006. The new student village at Frenchay Campus is being built by Carillion plc, designed by Building Design Partnership (BDP), and project managed by Capita Symonds. The project, costing just under £80m, includes new sport facilities and accommodation for nearly 2,000 students in flats. Visitors will be able to view the building work from a vantage point in the award winning New Studios Architecture building.

The student accommodation will be linked to the University’s IT network and most of the facilities available in tutorial rooms, computer labs and the library will be accessible from the student flats. This includes UWE’s on-line virtual learning environment (one of the largest in the UK), databases and fast internet access.
The integration of academic, study and social experiences will help new students feel more involved and better supported by the University.

The new sports hall facilities comprise a main hall, with a viewing gallery, which can cater for: basketball, volleyball, badminton, 5-a-side football, trampolining, indoor hockey, netball and cricket. An aerobics studio on the first floor with a wooden sprung floor will host a variety of exercise classes and will also be used for dance.

There will also be a new state of the art multi-fitness suite with cardiovascular, resistance machines and free weights. This area will also benefit from audio visual entertainment while people exercise, two glass backed squash courts and indoor and outdoor changing facilities, a physiology lab for testing and monitoring performance of elite and club level athletes and a café area will provide light refreshments to all visitors to the facility.

Throughout the day a rolling programme of talks on accommodation matters, careers and money matters will be held to answer some of the most frequently asked questions. Drop-in sessions are also offered to find out more about careers, finance, welfare, disabled resources and the students’ union.

Visitors can select from a wide range of information talks, demonstrations and displays all aimed at giving a broad idea of the wide choice of learning options open to students and to help ease the decision about which course to choose. There will be the chance to ‘Visit the Crime Scene House’ used by Forensic Science students; take part in electron microscope demonstrations and see pollen, insects and bullets and to visit the Language Centre housing audio visual language learning materials in more than 20 languages. Talks will include presentations on all subject areas from Architecture to Environmental Health and Psychology to Social Work.

For more information on the many talks and for directions to the campuses visit http://www.uwe.ac.uk or e-mail open@uwe.ac.uk or contact 0117 32 83333.

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