Help us to promote the ‘University of the Year’

A message from the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching) Professor Bernie Morley:

This Saturday (September 17) we will open our doors to the first cohort of prospective students under the new fee regime.

I am delighted that this, our first weekend Open Day, has coincided with the Sunday Times' decision to name us as their 'University of the Year' for 2011/12.

This is fantastic news and the fact we have also been ranked 5th in their league table – our highest ever position - is a testament to the hard work of staff across the University. I would like to express my wholehearted thanks to you all.

The September Open Day is a crucial date in our recruitment calendar. Thousands of prospective students and their families visit our campus on these days and first impressions can be all important when it comes to choosing where to study.

I know staff from many different parts of the University have already put a lot of effort into preparing for the day and many will be hard at work here on Saturday.

We're aiming to create a real buzz around the campus with additional food outlets opened up, demonstrations by Students' Union societies, and even a steel band playing on the Parade.

For those staff who wouldn't normally be involved in student recruitment, the Open Day provides an opportunity to find out more about this side of University life.

I would encourage as many of you as possible to get involved. We would particularly welcome volunteers who can come onto campus early in the day to help our student ambassadors to welcome visitors when they arrive, and provide directions to the various talks and venues.

Volunteers are also needed in the city centre to help visitors arriving by train and bus to find their way onto campus.

To help those who wish to volunteer but have young children, the University's nursery is offering free childcare service during the day.

The nursery will be open from 10am-3pm and available to children aged six months to eight years. Places are on a first come first served basis, and staff and students would need book in advance by filling out the creche form on the Open Day page and emailing it to

As with all our Open Days, we anticipate traffic to be heavy and would encourage volunteers to arrive as early as possible or consider alternative means of transport such as cycling to avoid getting caught up.

Anyone who is free on Saturday, September 17, is warmly encouraged to volunteer. Staff volunteering will be eligible for either payment or time off in lieu. Please contact Diana Newport-Peace in the Office of Policy & Planning on x6431 or email by 2pm on Thursday, September 15.

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