Parents' and carers' guide

Open days

UCAS fairs

Each year UCAS coordinates a series of national exhibitions, bringing together representatives from all of the UK’s universities in one central space. School groups and individuals are invited to attend the events and meet with university staff.

This is an excellent opportunity to gather prospectuses and ask questions. Time at the exhibitions is limited so students should carry out some initial research and decide which stands they would like to visit first before using any remaining time to speak to others.

Open days

Once a student has narrowed their potential options to perhaps ten universities (or less) they need to go and visit! University open days are one of the best forms of research, allowing potential applicants to view the campus and facilities first hand, meet staff and current students, and get a feel for the campus.

Open days can take place all year round, but the vast majority are in June/July and September/October. Again, taking some time before the day to decide what you want to see and information you need to obtain can help you make the most of the day. Most universities will publish an open day guide, which shows the schedules of talks and tours on offer so you can plan your time effectively.

Our experience is that parents who attend open days with their children often have different questions and think about details that students may overlook. This is really beneficial to the research process so please do not hesitate to ask anything when you visit.

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