10/09/2004

Queen's Open Days attract 13,000 visitors

Queen's University's commitment to the student experience has come alive for around 13,000 potential undergraduates during its annual Open Day over the last two days, Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Gregson has said.

Professor Gregson said that the Open Days offered a unique opportunity for prospective students to learn about the range of options which the University has to offer and to sample the 'Queen's Experience' for themselves.

He said: "The University's annual Open Days regularly attract thousands of potential students who are about to make decisions which will determine the course of their lives.

"In deciding to come to Queen's they will be joining a university with an excellent teaching record and a national and international academic reputation. But they will also be coming to a university which is committed to providing a fully-rounded student experience.

"We look forward to helping them make the right choice. Our Open Days are designed to do just that."

The Open Day Information Centre is based in the Whitla Hall where staff from all five Faculties are on hand to offer advice about courses on offer in September 2005. This year's programme included a series of talks on subject areas and career opportunities, with visits to a range of facilities such as the University’s Computing Services, Libraries, Language Centre, and the Northern Ireland Technology Centre.

Meanwhile, the University of Ulster has opened its doors to over 12,000 sixth form students from across Northern Ireland for its annual Open Week over the past four days.

As well as the traditional faculty talks and tours, there was live radio broadcasts and competitions for students to participate in.

Speaking before the four day even which began on Tuesday, Dr Tony Barnhill, Head of Student Recruitment at UU, said: "We aim to create a fun, but interesting day for sixth form students who may be considering studying at the University of Ulster."

(MB)

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