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A day in the life of a university student is open to all

10 April 2008

Cardiff University is throwing open its doors to thousands of potential students later this month (Wednesday 23 April 2008).

Ranked as one of the top 100 universities in the world with an international reputation for its research and teaching, Cardiff University is set to welcome close to 5,500 would-be students plus accompanying parents, guardians, teachers and careers advisors from across Wales, the UK and Europe as they spend the day getting a full taste of University life.

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.

Alongside a full day-long programme of general talks, advice shops and tours of facilities and accommodation, all 28 academic schools will be running their own extensive programme of events. 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.

The Students’ Union, widely acknowledged as one of the most successful in the UK will also be open throughout the day, with a number of current students on hand to answer questions and share personal experiences of Cardiff University.

"Visitors will be able to see the full range of university life", says, Professor Jonathan Osmond, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education and Students. "Cardiff is already one of the most popular universities in Britain and our Open Day showcases a wide range of work which has earned the University world-wide recognition. 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."

Teachers and Careers Advisors 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.

To book your place for Open Day 2008, and to plan your day, please complete the online booking form at or contact The Open Day office on T: 02920 876 000 or email


Notes to Editors:

Cardiff University
Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. It is also ranked as one of the world’s top 100 universities by the Times Higher Education (THE). 2008 marks the 125th anniversary of Cardiff University having been founded by Royal Charter in 1883. Today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s leading research universities. Visit the University website at:

Further information:

For more information, please contact:
Lowri Jones
Public Relations and Communications, Cardiff University
02920 870 995