Two summer open days at The University of Nottingham will give an expected 20,000 people the chance to see what one of the UK’s leading universities has to offer — and show off its home city as well.
For the first time, in partnership with Experience Nottinghamshire, prospective students and their families and friends will be able to enjoy free city tours on Friday June 26 and Saturday June 27 to find out about Nottingham and the city’s must-see destinations, just ten minutes from the main campuses by bus or bike.
Open days in June and September are major events in the University’s calendar. The June open days are aimed at prospective undergraduates intending to start at university in September 2010. This year, The University of Nottingham’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Greenaway, will welcome aspiring undergraduates and their guests at three recurring talks each morning.
The University of Nottingham continues to be one of the most popular choices for applicants. Again this year it has experienced a steady rise in applications beyond the national average. The open days will let visitors see facilities at the University and learn about what it’s like to study and live here.
On the Friday, Sports enthusiasts will be able to see some final events in the first ever Tri-Campus Games. This week-long global festival of sport will unite University of Nottingham athletes from 20 nations who study at either its UK, Chinese or Malaysian campuses. “Nottingham remains in the very top echelons of the British University Sport ranking tables,” said Tri-Campus Games organiser Nigel Mayglothling.
Hundreds of current undergraduates will be on hand to act as ‘Ambassadors’ on both days, giving guided tours and ensuring visitors are able to take advantage of talks, tours, lab demonstrations and special events being laid on to give an insight into the huge range of courses available.
As further help for prospective students and their parents in finding their way around, the three campuses will be divided into colour-coded ‘zones’ according to the faculties they contain. The five colour-coded zones are organised as follows:
• Zone 1 (pink): Biosciences; Veterinary Medicine; and Science — Sutton Bonington Campus
• Zone 2 (orange): Arts; Law; and Social Sciences — University Park Campus
• Zone 3 (grey): Science and Engineering — University Park Campus
• Zone 4 (turquoise): Medicine and Health Sciences — University Park Campus, The Medical School
• Zone 5 (purple): The Business School; Computer Science; Contemporary Chinese Studies; Education — Jubilee Campus
Nottingham is a large campus university with a 330-acre flagship site and in their first year all students are guaranteed a place in University-arranged accommodation, so catered halls of residence and self-catering student villages will be open for visitors to tour round.
The University of Nottingham’s open days are among Britain’s busiest. Since 2006, every year has seen an increase in those attending. This year, numbers are forecast to exceed the same events last year by five to ten per cent. Organisers anticipate record numbers attending from this country and overseas will visit the University’s three UK academic campuses — University Park, the Jubilee Campus and Sutton Bonington – during the two days.
“We are always delighted with the numbers that we attract for our open days,” said Schools Liaison and Events Manager Nathalie Thomas. “They are really fun events that bring a great atmosphere to the campuses. This year, with even more visitors expected from the local area as well as farther afield, we have added to our programme so that everyone goes away armed with all the information they need to make an informed choice about studying at Nottingham.”
Hopper buses will operate between the three academic campuses, around University Park Campus, and to self-catering accommodation off-campus, helping minimize traffic congestion around the University sites. A bus service will also be provided to pick up visitors arriving at Nottingham or Loughborough train stations. For Sixth Form teachers bringing groups of students on the Friday, a special Teachers’ Lunch will be laid on.
Nottingham enjoys an international reputation for excellence, but the ratios of applicants to places on degree courses vary from subject to subject. Among the most popular are Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Physiotherapy, which each attract 10-12 applications per place; however Civil Engineering, Chemistry and English Literature have 5-7 applicants per place and all promising applicants are considered carefully.
The University of Nottingham’s world-class research often results in internationally significant discoveries that lead to technological breakthroughs. It is ranked number seven in the Top Ten of UK universities ranked by ‘Research Power’. In its teaching and strategic development, the University adapts to global change and enjoys powerful historic links with business.
Stephen McAuliffe, Director of the Centre for Career Development, will outline the healthy employment prospects Nottingham’s graduates enjoy, and visitors will be able to find out about the ‘Nottingham Advantage Award’, a scheme run by the University to enhance students’ skills while they take their degrees.
New business creation is another area where Nottingham students stand out. The University of Nottingham has been named as the first National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship-Times Higher Education ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ for 2008-09, recognising the innovative and enterprising spirit at the heart of the University and the entrepreneurial successes of its students and graduates.
From world-class labs and lecture theatres to libraries with a million books and three million journals, to the award-winning sustainably designed Jubilee Campus with ‘Aspire’ — Britain’s tallest freestanding work of art, to the Students’ Union – Mooch and The Venue, to sports clubs, to career planning, and everything in between: all this will be on show during the open days.
Both days start at 10am and run until 4pm. Visitors are strongly encouraged to pre-book a place. A full programme will be sent to help people plan their day. For more information and to pre-book, visit: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/opendays