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Fair’s fair: How to fare well at an HE fair

Monday, March 6, 2017

For all budding undergraduates looking to find out more about higher education, University and Higher Education (HE) Fairs take place throughout the year where students get the chance to meet representatives from educational institutions across the country.

For students, these fairs provide a great opportunity to chat to careers advisers, explore gap year options and seek out further information on topics such as finance, accommodation and entry requirements for different institutions.

This week sees events taking place in the Channel Islands; one in Guernsey on Tuesday 7th March and another in Jersey on Thursday 9th March. So, if you’re a student living on the islands you might just find yourself speaking to our representative Rachael Jones, who will be providing information about University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) on the University of Chester stand.

To help you make the most of these events, and hopefully help you find the perfect institution and course, we’ve compiled the following five top tips:

1. Prepare

Think about a few questions before you head to the fair. What do you want to know? What subject areas you are interested in? Is there a particular career you'd like to get into? What do you want to get from your university experience?

2. Plan ahead

Research the universities that are offering the subject you’re interested in. Be sure to check the exhibition programme in advance so you can work out which universities you want to talk to and what seminars or workshops will be useful to you.

Wear comfy shoes as you'll be doing a lot of walking around, and don't forget to take a strong bag for all those prospectuses you'll be picking up!

3. Ask questions

When you get to the fair, make full use of your time by asking the university representatives any questions you may have. Don't just grab a prospectus and run - it may be busy but the stands are there to help you discover more about a place, and help you decide if the university is a good fit for you.

See the event as an opportunity to find out information that might not be in a prospectus, such as what the students are like, what kind of clubs and societies are available, how far the campus is from the city centre, what support services are in place and what campus life is really like.

4. Get connected

When you find a university that you'd like more information on, be sure to get your ticket scanned (at a UCAS event) or leave your email address so that you can keep in touch. You'll then get to hear the latest news from the university, be invited to a Visit Day, and receive further details about the subject areas that you are interested in.

University Centre Shrewsbury can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, which is a great way to see what our current students are getting up to and keep up-to-date with news at UCS.

5. Get reading

Once you have all those prospectuses to hand, don't let the dust settle. Read through them when you get home and take notes. You might find a course that you hadn’t even considered!

In the meantime, if you have any questions about our courses we are always happy to take your queries via social media or email. Plus, if you are attending an event in the next few months, come over and say ‘hello’!