Our Open Events provide a true insight and first-hand experience into what studying at UA92 could be like, however it’s not just prospective students that we encourage to attend, but parents and guardians too. Although your child may not have considered UA92 as a place of study just yet, attending one of our Open Events can be a beneficial and insightful experience for the next steps of your decision-making journey.
Following on from our first on-campus Open Day of 2021 on 19th June, we caught up with Tracey, a parent who attended on the day to capture her thoughts on attending from a parent’s point of view.
Hi! My name is Tracey and myself and my partner attended the latest UA92 Open Day with our 17-year-old son, as we felt needed to get a feel of UA92 and what it had to offer in both a studying and degree sense, but also as wellbeing sense too.
We live a four-to-five-hour drive away on the South Coast near Portsmouth, so it was important for us to attend to see how safe it felt, the community around the campus and where our son would stay if he did decide to choose UA92 as his place of study.
Should our son choose to study at UA92, we wanted to feel comfortable in knowing that we have seen first-hand what his life will be like for the next few years.
How did you find the overall experience of our Open Day?
Overall, we had a great day. It felt well organised and COVID compliant and we got to experience a talk from some students and an influential individual, as well as experience a tour of the campus to see first-hand where our son would be studying, and the facilities available to him.
There was the option to speak to course lecturers and current students too. We also opted for an accommodation tour to see where our son could possibly be living. We were very impressed by the rooms and safety with the accommodation being only a stone’s throw from the campus itself.
What attracted you to UA92?
The way UA92’s emphasis is not just on getting a degree, but actually the bigger picture was what really drew us in. The importance of personal development, confidence, employability, with coaches available to help develop students’ needs and education. The bonus of small classes rather than large lecture halls with hundreds of students was also a great pull. It felt like students weren’t just a number – it felt like each and every student and their potential time studying at UA92 mattered; not just in an academic sense but in a personal one too.
The well-being support appeared very good, and we felt that he would be looked after no matter what! It felt like a very friendly campus with a family-feel to it and we got the feeling that everyone supported each other.
We hope our son decides to study here, as we were impressed by the personal aspects of UA92 and that he wouldn’t just be a number.
Do you think attending the UA92 Open Day helped your child’s decision?
My son has been reluctant to talk about his future as he doesn’t truly know what he wants to do yet, but we told him he needed to make an informed choice and without attending an Open Day, you can’t say no to university all together.
We are so glad you decided to do a face-to-face Open Day as we just felt it gave us a more open and honest picture of life at UA92 compared to seeing it over a computer screen or virtually.
What key take-away would you like to give another parent as a result of your Open Day experience?
I would impress upon any student and their families to attend and see for yourself what UA92 has to offer. We loved it and our son did too, it’s certainly given him food for thought which he wouldn’t have got had we not attended.
Fancy experiencing one of our Open Events for yourself? You can book your place at our next Open Event here.