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23 April 2008
Close to 5,500 would-be students, and accompanying parents, guardians, teachers and careers advisers are set to get a warm welcome at the University’s annual Open Day today.
Visitors from across Wales, the UK and Europe will be spending the day getting a full taste of University life, alongside a packed programme of general talks, advice shops and tours of facilities and accommodation.
All 28 academic schools are running their own extensive programme of events, and among the many highlights are demonstrations on astronomy, chemical explosions, the science of why chocolate tastes so good, answers to whether rapid climate change can happen, a day in the life of a hospital pharmacist and a concert by the student Music Society.
This year the University received some 30,000 applications for approximately 4,500 undergraduate places, and in 2007, retained its position as one of the UK’s top 10 sought-after universities. Open day bookings have reached a new record level this year.
The Students’ Union, widely acknowledged as one of the most successful in the UK is also open throughout the day, with a number of current students on hand to answer questions and share personal experiences of Cardiff University.
Professor Jonathan Osmond, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education and Students says: "The Open Day programme is designed so students thinking about going on to higher education are able to get a real flavour of our courses and life as a student in this vibrant and exciting capital city."
"Cardiff is already one of the most popular universities in Britain and our Open Day showcases the many areas of our work which has earned the University world-wide recognition. "
Teachers and Careers Advisers will also have the chance to meet admissions staff and schools liaison staff, heads of academic schools and the University’s Schools and Colleges Liaison Team. And for mature students looking to return to learning, the Centre for Lifelong Learning is running a dedicated session with opportunities to question current mature students and meet others in similar situations.
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