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University life, the Cardiff way

22 April 2009

Students infront of campus

What has caused the global economic crisis? How can we save the planet by capturing and storing carbon dioxide? What does a piece of rock from Mars feel like? These are just some of the questions tackled by thousands of prospective students attending the largest university open day in Wales.

The University showcased its state-of-the-art facilities and world-leading research as it welcomed more than 5,500 students, hundreds of parents and 150 teachers to its annual open day (22 April 2009). Visitors arrived in the capital from across Wales, the UK and Europe to experience university life, the Cardiff way.

The University’s latest research was shared with students giving them the chance to experience Cardiff’s research-led teaching environment first-hand. An extensive programme of events across 28 academic Schools gave students the opportunity to explore the University’s modern facilities and elegant buildings as well as finding out about more than 350 undergraduate degree programmes.

Professor Jonathan Osmond, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education and Students said: "Our Open Day programme is designed to give students considering higher education a real flavour of life at one of the most popular universities in Britain. Visitors have seen how studying in a university with a strong research profile benefits students in so many ways, including bringing them into contact with the latest thinking in their fields and interaction with academic staff who are active at the cutting-edge of their disciplines."

The Students’ Union, one of the most successful in the UK, was also open throughout the day, with current students on hand to answer questions and share personal experiences. Staff from the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning ran a dedicated advice shop for mature students interested in returning to education.

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