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University opens its doors to potential students

Posted on 10 September 2002

Five thousand potential students and their families from all over the country are expected to come to the University of York's Open Day this month (Thursday 26 September) to see whether they would like to study at York.

The day offers visitors - among them teachers and school careers advisers - a chance to see the campus and learn for themselves about academic and social life, facilities, accommodation, and University admissions. There will also be the opportunity to see different types of student accommodation and some of the teaching areas.

The programme includes talks about different departments, opportunities to study abroad, employment skills, the University through parents' eyes, and student finance. It has been compiled to give the broadest possible overview of all the issues students should consider when they think about where to study.

The potential students are mainly in their final year at school or sixth-form college and will be deciding which universities to apply to between September and next January.

Andrea Bourne, Schools Liaison Officer at the University, said: "It's a wonderful experience to see so many new faces around the campus. We had over 6,000 visitors at the open day in July. We want to make sure that all students who come here have as much information as they need. It's really important that they understand how they will study and live at the University. It's also important that their families have a feel for the sort of university and campus we offer.

"We're looking forward to welcoming all the visitors and plan to give them an enjoyable and helpful day that they will remember."

A special free bus service has been laid on between the railway station and the campus at Heslington to cater for the numbers expected, and parking at the University has been arranged to make it as easy as possible for both visitors and regular users.

Notes to editors:

  • Open Days provide a useful and informal opportunity for school students to discover what university might be like. Those unable to attend a major open day can contact the Schools Liaison Officer at 433196 to arrange a special visit
  • The University of York is engaged in a number of 'widening participation' programmes designed to encourage applications from students whose families have no tradition of going to university and those from disadvantaged backgrounds

Contact details

David Garner
Senior Press Officer

Tel: +44 (0)1904 322153