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30,000 people to visit Bristol for latest open days

The 'City in our Garden' event at last year's open day

Press release issued: 13 June 2017

Over 30,000 visitors will be attending the University of Bristol’s latest undergraduate open days on Friday and Saturday [16 and 17 June].

Around 15,000 visitors have booked to attend each day, with both prospective students and their guests wanting a taste of university life and the chance to learn about the wide range of degree courses on offer as well as scholarship and funding opportunities.

The open days come as Bristol was ranked 44th in the world and 9th in the UK according to the QS World Rankings 2018, and 12 subjects were named in the top 10 in the country by the Guardian University Guide 2018.

The centrepiece of the open days will be the 'City in our Garden' event, taking place in Royal Fort Gardens, which offers guests a taste of some of Bristol’s cultural and culinary offerings through food stalls and other activities. The University's new hot air balloon will take centre stage.

All undergraduate schools and departments are taking part in the open days and will be hosting talks, displays and interactive demonstrations.

Subject talks will give future students an insight into the wide variety of courses on offer at the University, while displays provide an opportunity to talk to current students and academic staff from each subject area. Many schools and departments also run tours of their facilities throughout the day

General information sessions relating to aspects of university life, such as accommodation, student finance and study and work abroad opportunities complete the picture, along with specific sessions for parents and carers, teachers, careers advisors and mature students.

The ground floor of Beacon House, the University's flagship student study centre on Queen’s Road, will be open as part of the open days, housing displays from the Faculty of Arts. Staff from Library Services will be at Beacon House to provide information about study skills support available to all students.

Visitors will have the opportunity to view a selection of student residences in the city centre, Clifton and Stoke Bishop, with a free shuttle bus service running throughout the day between the main University campus and Stoke Bishop.

The School of Veterinary Sciences, based on the Langford Campus, will be open to visitors interested in veterinary nursing and veterinary science courses.

Alicia O'Grady, Director of External Relations at the University of Bristol, said: "We're looking forward to welcoming open day visitors and hope they will enjoy their time exploring the city and our campus.

"Open days are an ideal opportunity for prospective students and their guests to see the University, our fantastic city, facilities and accommodation, not to mention meeting current students and academic staff across the campus."

To keep up to date with what’s happening on the day follow @ChooseBristolUG on Twitter or #bristolopenday.

There will be a further opportunity to visit the University on Saturday 9 September 2017. Booking for this event opens at 9am on 26 July.

For more information, please visit the open days website

Further information

In order to accommodate the number of people attending the event, the following roads will be closed from 00:01 on 16 June until 19:00 on 17 June: Woodland Road (north end), Priory Road and Tyndall Avenue. Woodland Road (south end) will have enforced traffic calming measures in place.

We apologise for any disruption caused during the open day. To alleviate disruption to traffic in the city centre, the University will operate a free park and ride service between the Mall at Cribbs Causeway and the main University campus. Drivers may experience short delays around junction 17 of the M5.

We strongly recommend that visitors travel by public transport and use the University's free shuttle bus service from Bristol Temple Meads train station. Visitors travelling by car are encouraged to use the University's free park and ride service from the Mall at Cribbs Causeway. Parking around the main campus is extremely limited as the University is based at the heart of the city and residents' parking schemes are in place.   

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