There was a fantastic buzz around the atrium on Monday, 27th February, 2017, 64 Universities from across the United Kingdom visited One for our hugely successful Higher Education Day. With local partners, such as the University of Cambridge and UEA, or those from further afield, like St Andrews; Queen's University, Belfast; and Cardiff University, our students had an amazing opportunity to gain expert advice and guidance about their University progression and aspirations. As well as a traditional HE Fair, students could attend one of 16 seminars on a range of relevant topics. Universities provided sessions explaining Student Finance; How to Choose a University; and How to Write a Personal Statement; or those of special interest Degrees in Computer Science; Psychology; Creative Arts; or Sociology, to name just a few.
One is committed to supporting its students' progression to the very best Universities. As such, amongst the total, we welcomed nearly 30 Russell Group and Higher Tariff Universities, including Bath; Bristol; Goldsmiths; LSE; Southampton; Sussex; UCL; and both Oxbridge Institutions. Finally, building upon this year's Oxbridge success (we recently celebrated Oxbridge offers in four current Suffolk One students), the event kick-started our targeted Oxbridge programme. Supported by St Catherine's College, Cambridge and Christ Church College, Oxford, the Oxbridge programme at One provides a range of opportunities to develop students' skills and aptitudes towards this ultimate success. Included in this scheme is the incredible chance to take part in a six week research project, where students explain their findings to lecturers at the University of Cambridge, and the experience of mock interviews at the University of Oxford.
Students Charlie Partridge, Charlotte Humphrey and Courtney Chilvers made the most of the event and were really impressed with the number of Universities that had attended. 'We've been chatting to Birmingham University about different course options. It's been a really great event so far, we are overwhelmed with the number of Universities here that we can talk to'.
Chris Thomas commented 'The event acts as a great starting point for me, I've only just started thinking about what I want to do after One so the event has really helped'.
Sophie Ely, Jasmine Collins and Hannah Leggett were really enthusiastic about the day. 'We have just been to speak to UEA about the courses they offer, it's been really informative as we now know what entry grades we need and what is involved with their courses'.
Lynton Lees from Oxford University had a stall at One for the afternoon. 'I've been really impressed with the students' engagement, one came with a list of questions to ask to help her make decisions about her options. There has been a real mix of students, for some Oxford is on their application list with others wanting to find out a little more which they have been able to do today'.