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Students at a UCAS convention
Students at a UCAS convention

Press Release - 17 March 2006

Advice for local pupils about university choices

Thousands of A-level students from across the region will be coming to Bath later this month to find out about the opportunities available to them when they go to university.

The South-West’s largest higher education convention will be held at the University of Bath from 28-29 March, and will give local students to find out everything from what to study to the financial support that is available to them.

The free annual convention, organised by UCAS, will have over 140 exhibitors from universities and higher education institutions across the UK, and will be attended by 11,000 students from schools and colleges in the local area.

There will be a series of seminars covering all aspects of higher education and career opportunities; and current students will be available to answer questions.

For the first time in Bath, the convention will include a parents’ evening which is expected to attract over 750 local parents.

Phil Ross, UCAS Events Manager said: “Parents are becoming more and more interested and involved in their children's UCAS application. As a result, UCAS and the University of Bath are jointly running an event just for them.

“The convention is a good opportunity for both pupils and their parents at whatever stage of the application process, to explore whether going to university is the right decision for them and to clarify their thoughts on where and when, what to study and the associated cost implications.”

There will be 125 exhibitors at the parents’ evening, ranging from universities to gap year companies, Connexions and careers services. There will be a series of seminars aimed at parents, including: student finance, taking a gap year and the role of parents in their children’s choices about higher education.

Lee Hennessy, from the University of Bath Admissions Office, said: “Higher education means lots of different things, not just full-time study. Many people in employment or training undertake higher education part-time, and many work for a while before going on to study later in life. The convention will introduce all these options.”

The event is organised by UCAS in conjunction with the University of Bath, Connexions Somerset and the Higher Education Liaison Officers Association.

On Tuesday 28 March the convention runs from 9.00am-3.00pm followed by the Parents’ Evening from 5.00pm-7.00pm, on Wednesday 29 March it runs from 9.30am-3.30pm.

For any further information about the event please contact Phil Ross at UCAS on 01242 544805 or email, or Lee Hennessy at the University of Bath on 01225 386900 or email

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