We are delighted to announce the success of our recent India Open Day and Offer Holder Roadshow. More than 400 students and guests gathered in three separate events in Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai between 26 April and 30 April.
Both undergradute and postgraduate offer holders and prospective students were treated to a variety of presentations from academic staff as well as plenty of opportunities to ask their questions and network with fellow Bath hopefuls.
Colleagues from Student Recuitment and Admissions as well as the faculties of Engineering & Design, Humanities & Social Sciences, Science and School of Management were all represented at this collaborative and first of its kind event.
The feedback from those attending was overwhelmingly positive with an average satisfaction rating of 5.86/6 and all students saying the event positively impacted their decision to join Bath (92.3% average).
University staff were also joined for the first time by UK-based Indian alumni at each event, brought especially from the UK to support recuitment efforts. The events continued the University's commitment to providing further opportunities for students to meet with us across the globe before beginning their time studying at Bath.
Speaking at the Delhi event on 26 April, one student said: "My favourite part of the event was its structure and how well managed it was.
"It was a great to speak so many alumni who gave us information about the university, their first hand experiences and also information on post-study job opportunities. The event also briefed us about recent marketing trends and consumer behaviour which gave us all a glimpse of how the classes at Bath would be."
Another attendee said: "I enjoyed how all the people were so welcoming. I was sceptical about the event as I'm an introvert but it turned out to be a great evening."
Students were treated to a number of presentations from academics, including Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) Momna Hejmadi, who said: "Our recruitment team and alumni worked tirelessly to organise this roadshow.
"It was exceptionally well-received by attendees, including both potential students and parents. Their hard work and dedication to the task were evident in the high attendance, exceptionally positive feedback, and engagement from participants on knowing more about our University, courses, placements and careers."
Vaibhav Dikshit, a University of Bath graduate now working at Decathlon in London who attended all the events, said: "Thank you for the invitation to the roadshow, which turned out to be a wonderful experience.
"It was a great opportunity to connect with prospective students and share my experiences with them. The event brought back memories of my own university application process and how daunting it can be to choose the right university and course.
"The students' questions were insightful and genuine, which reflected their enthusiasm to learn more about the university and their future prospects. It was satisfying to be able to help them out, and I could sense their relief in receiving first-hand insights and advice."
The events also marked the launch of our 75th Indian Anniversary Scholarships. The two scholarships, both worth £10,000 each, are running in association with NISAU's '75 at 75' campaign and are avaialable to one undergraduate and one postgraduate student who holds an Indian passport and an offer to study at the University of Bath.
The visit also provided an excellent opportunity to run the first post-pandemic in-country Agent Workshop. Representatives from the majority of the India agent network joined colleagues and alumni to hear important updates, including those delivered directly by academics from the Faculties and School of Management.
The speed networking session and lunch then allowed smaller groups of agents to exchange information with representatives and learn more about the University.
One partner said: "We liked the cosy atmosphere and the attention given to each and every agent. We were also very happy to meet the University of Bath alumni currently working overseas who gave us great insights. It was all very useful”.
All the organisers would like to extend a huge thank you to all university staff who took the time to travel to India, those who were involved in the planning of these events, and to our outstanding alumni who continue to be a credit to the university.
Navdeep Uppal, Head of PGT Student Recruitment, commented: ‘There is an incredible amount of work which goes into planning and delivering these events which can only take place on this scale with the support from colleagues across the University.
'Our applicants, offer holders, and parents value meeting University representatives face-to-face on their journey to Bath’.