My day at Applicants’ Day 2016

Once you have decided on your top 5 universities, you are now left with the struggle to pick one. Applicant’s day is your final chance to visit the university, talk to course leaders and find out if the university is right for you!

RGU had their applicants day on the 9th and 12th of March. The event was split into three different faculties: Aberdeen Business School, Faculty of Health and Social Care & the Faculty of Design and Technology. This was my first time going to one of these events as a member of staff (as I’m still on my placement with RGU’s central marketing team).  I helped out at Aberdeen Business School and I was surprised at how many people had come. It was a really busy day but I had a lot fun meeting everyone and sharing my experience of RGU.

Once applicants arrived, they were met by the lovely student ambassadors, all in purple hoodies. They registered on ipads and the student ambassadors handed out goodie bags which included information about courses and the university. Applicants were also given a flyer which had the agenda for the day- the timetable was also on the plasma screens around the campus.

Applicants day Registration at Aberdeen Business School

The day began with all the Schools offering welcome talks to introduce applicants to the School. There were signs all over the buildings so everyone knew where they were going and the ambassadors were at every corner to assist visitors. This was followed by an Accommodation, Disability and Finance talk at 11- this was just one of the three talks that were being offered across the campus. Once the morning talks were over, there was a chance to grab some lunch. There was selection of tea, coffee and snacks but the most popular choice seemed to be grabbing a Subway or a Costa coffee from the Sir Ian Wood building! In the afternoon, there were talks for specific courses and applicants were able to attend the course they’re interested in studying. There was a stand in the centre of every building, where you could speak to course leaders, ask any questions and pick up some more information on the university.

Welcome talk by Dr Bob Gammie
Pick and Mix in Aberdeen Business School
Aberdeen Business School stand

There were various workshops taking place in the Sir Ian Wood building including sessions on Moodle (the virtual learning environment) and professional skills. There was also a chance to view an exhibition and all the equipment in the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture. In the Faculty of  Health and Social Care there were demo displays in the psychology lab and tours of all the course facilities in the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences such as labs and the Mock Pharmacy.

Labs in the Sir Ian Wood Building
Workshop in the Scott Sutherland Building

Over in the foyer of the Health and Social Care Building was an Information Fair where you could find out about Erasmus placements, finance, disabilities and support, study skills, accommodation, careers advice and admissions.The info fair was a really popular place for parents, as well as students, to find out more information.

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Our Education Liaison Officer, Laura directing!

Applicants had the chance to get a personal or group tour of the campus led by student ambassadors. You could see where your classes and lectures would be and check out all the modern facilities on the campus. Throughout the day, shuttle buses were leaving Garthdee campus every 30 minutes to go to Woolmanhill Flats in the city centre where you can tour one of the flats and see the facilities available at this location. Applicants could see the route from the campus to halls and once they arrived, were met by the accommodation team.

Tour Spots- The Moffat Digital Place & Mac Labs

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Local and Shuttle buses outside the Health & Social Care Building

Applicants Day was the perfect day to get to know RGU better. The day was filled with useful information and it was a great chance for any remaining questions or worries to be sorted as well as meet potential future classmates. It was a great opportunity for people to chat to current students and get tips and advice on what it is like at RGU. I’m sure everyone who came rushed home and accepted their offer from RGU! 🙂

Maryam x


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