Thursday, 10 November 2011

University opens doors again to meet national demand

The University of Cumbria, which has a campus in Lancaster at St. Martins, is holding an additional open day due to large numbers of students applying to visit the campuses.

The Friday 2nd December open day has been added to the calendar for students making their undergraduate course applications in January for September 2012 entry.

Nationally, more people are attending open days than before, spending time on campus and talking to lecturers and other staff to find out about course content, employability rates, student support and other aspects of student life at the university.

“The additional open day has been added at this point in the recruitment programme due to popular demand” said Professor Sandra Jowett, Pro Vice Chancellor Academic. "Our open days so far this year have seen large numbers of students and families visiting our campuses across Cumbria and Lancashire

“We want to give everybody the opportunity to come along and find out more about the opportunities available at Cumbria," she added. "Having the open day on a Friday makes it easier for anybody who can’t come along on our usual Saturdays. It also gives prospective students a real feel for the atmosphere on campus and what they can expect if they apply for a course with us.”

Changes to the fees system come into effect for students in September 2012 and have been named as the main reason for the increase in attendance at open days across the country.

The University of Cumbria will use the open day as an opportunity provide information to students and other visitors about the new fees regime and how much they can expect to pay back once they are employed. The team are also advising students about the loans, grants and awards available to widen participation and access to university courses.

Students attending the open day in December can expect a welcome talk from a member of the Senior Management Team as well as application support workshops, tours of the campus including classrooms and accommodation and a chance to learn more about their courses of interest and the content they would study from the course leaders and lecturers.

Access to Higher Education open days are also being held in November to inform students currently studying on Further Education courses at local colleges.

Visit days are also being held in November specifically for students on Access to Higher Education courses at local colleges. Other twilight events to support applications are also taking place in November and December to offer support to those in the community returning to education and who do not get advice from a school or college.

• To book a place on the open day or any other event at one of our campuses visit www.cumbria.ac.uk/opendays

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