The 2016 UCAS fair cycle is in full swing and if you haven’t already taken your students to a local fair, we’re sure your planning a trip soon. UCAS fairs are a brilliant way for students to get more information on courses and universities they’re interested in, and to discover new possibilities when it comes to deciding which Higher Education Institution to choose.
UCAS fairs can often be hectic environments, with lots going and many people wondering around campus, so it’s important for students to know what to do on the day.
Share our top tips with your students to make sure they have a useful trip!
1.Make a short list of universities you are interested in and look at their website in advance. If possible, make a note of their stand number too.
2.Think of what you need to know in advance and prepare some questions. Don’t forget to ask about location, transport links, accommodation and the social life.
3.Don’t pick up every prospectus! If a University does not offer any courses you are interested in, you don’t need to pick up their prospectus, it will only end up in the bin!
4.Attend the talks. UCAS fairs will have talks on Student Finance, How to Apply, Student Life and many other topics. Check the convention guide or website for details on times and locations.
5.Speak to the staff and Students. Each university will have a team member on the stand who will be able to answer any questions you may have. If you don’t get the answer you want, you can always get in touch with them – tweet the university, they’ll love it!
6.Try to plan your time so you can see every university you want to. But don’t worry if you can’t get to everyone, you will be able to order a prospectus and find out other information on the university’s website.
7.When you find a university that you’d like more information from be sure to get your ticket scanned or leave your email details so that you can keep in touch. You’ll then get to hear the latest news from the university, be invited to visit on Open Days and receive further details about the subject areas that you are interested in.
8.Explore alternative courses suggested by university representatives: you might find an even better course for you than those you’ve already considered!
9.Don’t rely on your memory. Make sure you take notes on the answers you get, this will avoid any confusion after you return home
10. Now that you have all those prospectuses to hand don’t let them turn into a DIY bedside table! Read through them when you get home and take notes. Some courses you might never have heard of before may catch your eye!
If you need any further information or guidance for your students at UCAS fairs, don’t hesitate to get in touch to see how we can help!
Telephone: 01274 234611