[Press & Publications] Open for Opportunities [Student Recruitment; Music]

June 2000

No 122

Visits play increasingly important role in higher education choice


Parents and pupils from Leicestershire and beyond will get the chance to sample the first-class educational opportunities offered by the University of Leicester at its Open Day on Wednesday June 21.

As well as a full programme of department visits and information talks, all of the University’s facilities are open. The Vice-Chancellor and senior academic staff will welcome visitors to the campus and current students are available to take people on tours.

Schools and Colleges Liaison Officer Jacky Wetzig said Open Days are playing an increasingly important role in student recruitment, providing parents and pupils with an informed choice about the strengths and advantages of a university education.

“At the University of Leicester, we take a great deal of time and effort to ensure that visitors enjoy a purposeful and constructive day. We want people to get the most out of their time at the University, and have designed the day to be flexible. Visitors can learn more about our degree courses, visit the departments and talk with our staff.”

“It is important for students to see where they may spend the next three years or more of their life, and we know that our applicants welcome this opportunity to visit the University and our excellent accommodation, both self-catered and catered halls. Parents are also welcome to attend and participate in the activities on offer.”

Head of Admissions and Student Recruitment, Janet Graham, added: “Open Days have changed a great deal over the years. They provide much more for a student than they used to – universities are customer focused and the students are more questioning.

“A university’s standing in the Teaching Quality Assessment, the Research Assessment Exercise, league tables and employment prospects all play a part in helping universities promote themselves – and enable students to make up their minds.

“We also find that a significant number of parents attend Open Days and our research has found that 93% of applicants consult their parents about their choice of University, and 32% consider them to be very influential.”

In addition to a look at the academic side of life, there will be talks and displays on student life including what the city of Leicester offers, Gap Year Projects, student societies and activities.

Information on welfare and finance, accommodation, the Library and the University’s Languages for All policy will be available.

Musical entertainment will be provided throughout the day from the Umoja Gospel Choir, the University of Leicester Orchestra and University of Leicester Wind Band.

Ms Wetzig added: “Open Days like this provide visitors with an excellent opportunity to sample University life in an informal atmosphere, and to take away a lasting impression of the intellectual excitement on offer in a campus university.”

To find out more, ring 0116 252 2674 or turn up and pick up the programmeat 10.00 am at the Information Point at the Charles Wilson Building.


PHOTOCALL: There are photo opportunities throughout the day between 10.00 am - 4.00 pm. The Wind Band is performing outside the Library at 2.45 pm - 3.30 pm or, if wet, in the Queen’s Hall, Students’ Union.

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Last updated: 19 June 2000 15:12
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