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16,000 people to visit Bristol for latest open day

The 'City in our Garden' event at last year's open day

Press release issued: 4 September 2017

Over 16,000 visitors will be attending the University of Bristol’s latest undergraduate open day on Saturday [9 September].

Both prospective students and their guests will enjoy a taste of university life and the chance to learn about the wide range of degree courses on offer as well as scholarship and funding opportunities.

Bristol was recently ranked 44th in the world and 9th in the UK according to the QS World Rankings 2018, and 12 subjects were named in the top 10 in the country by the Guardian University Guide 2018.

The centrepiece of the open day will be the ‘City in our Garden’ event, taking place in Royal Fort Gardens. Here, guests can enjoy a taste of the city’s cultural and culinary offerings with a broad range of Bristol-based food stalls and activities. 

For those who simply want to take a few moments to enjoy the gardens and recharge, there will also be a relaxation area with deck chairs and parasols.

Representatives from a broad spectrum of student societies will be present throughout the day to give future students a flavour of what campus life could be like.  
All undergraduate schools and departments are taking part in the open day and will be hosting talks, displays and interactive demonstrations. Subject talks will give future students an insight into the wide variety of courses on offer at the University, while displays provide an opportunity to talk to current students and academic staff from each subject area. Many schools and departments also run tours of their facilities throughout the day.

General information sessions relating to aspects of university life, such as accommodation, student finance and study and work abroad opportunities complete the picture, along with specific sessions for parents and carers, teachers, careers advisors and mature students.

The ground floor of Beacon House, the University’s flagship student study centre on Queen’s Road, will be open as part of the open days, housing displays from the Faculty of Arts. Staff from Library Services will be at Beacon House to provide information about study skills support available to all students.

Visitors will have the opportunity to view a selection of student residences in the city centre, Clifton and Stoke Bishop, with a free shuttle bus service running throughout the day between the main University campus and Stoke Bishop. 

The School of Veterinary Sciences, based on the Langford Campus, will be open to visitors interested in veterinary nursing and veterinary science courses. 

Alicia O’Grady, Director of External Relations at the University of Bristol, said: "We’re really looking forward to welcoming open day visitors and meeting some potential future students. 

“Our open days aim to give guests a snapshot of our study options and what life here could be like and we hope that the day is both useful and enjoyable. 

“Bristol was recently named the UK's most desirable location in the Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide. The open day is a fantastic opportunity to explore the University accommodation and facilities as well as get a feel for our dynamic city."

To keep up to date with what’s happening on the day follow @ChooseBristolUG on Twitter or #bristolopenday. 

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