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Open Day Attracts Record Numbers

15 September 2003

Almost two thousand people flocked to Canterbury Christ Church University College’s Annual Open Day on Saturday making it the most popular Open Day the University College has held to date.

Visitors arrived early and were queuing when the opened its doors to the general public on Saturday 13th September 2003.

The Open Day received positive feedback from visitors who were asked to fill in aquestionnaire about their views on the talks, displays, demonstrations and organisation of the event.

The majority of attendees praised staff for being well organised, friendly and helpful, saying that those involved in the event made them feel very welcome.  Others commented on the facilities at the University College and said the campus was modern, clean, well laid-out and extremely pleasant.

One feedback questionnaire read: “The University College was better than I anticipated.  It has a friendly atmosphere and the Open Day was a very useful day.”  While another commented: “Very informative.  I am coming this year and now feel a lot more reassured and excited.”

Visitors got the opportunity to find out more about the University College’s current undergraduate, postgraduate and open programmes through a series of displays, demonstrations, workshops and talks.

A series of geography, science and forensic displays proved very successful.  Dr Peter Vujakovic of Geographical and Life Science said: “We were very pleased by the response to the open day and the number of prospective students who expressed an interest in our Geography and Science Programmes. The interest created by our demonstartion on the role of geography and the physical and biological sciences in Forensic Investigation was also very encouraging.”

Karen Burgess of Allied Health Professions, reported on the popularity of the Occupational Therapy displays and demonstrations. She said: “We were really busy and received a lot of positive feedback.  We organised a range of activities, exhibited examples of student work and led a talk on Occupational Therapy and medical imaging.”

A range of stands representing health, education, humanities, arts and social science were also packed with visitors. Head of Primary Education, Sue Kendall-Seatter, said: “The event was very well attended, the talks on primary education proved very popular. The range of students coming to enquire about the primary education route was diverse and people were asking well informed questions.”

Nick Burton, Head of Media and Art, said: “It seemed to go very well, it was very busy and there was lots of enthusiam from parents and prospective students. Our department saw over 100 visitors.

The Chapel, Admissions, Accommodation, Student Welfare and Student Support staff dealt efficiently and admirably with a flurry of enquiries, and the campus tours given by current students throughout the day gave visitors a taste of campus life.  Jazz quintet, ‘Illuminated’, comprising of former Christ Church students, Sam Bailey (keyboards), Clive Fletcher (double bass), Nadia Tewfik (violin), Jack Hues (guitar), and friend, Michael Porter (drums), provided the musical entertainment.

Director of External Relations, Mary Galliers, said: “This has been the biggest Open Day the University College has ever seen and we are delighted with the feedback we received.  I would like to thank all staff and students for taking part in this overwhelming success.”

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Claire Robinson, Media Relations Officer
01227 782391, cr54@cant.ac.uk

PN 09 (09-03)
Issue date: 15/09/03

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