Open Day rush expected as students head directly into higher education to beat fee increases

Published: 8 November 2010 at 16:25

Pressure grows on students to get organised as competition steps up for places

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Anglia Ruskin University is expecting hundreds of prospective higher education students from the East of England to act now to secure a university place for 2011 in light of the recent news that university fees are expected to rise nationally from £3,290 to up to £9,000 per year in 2012. 

The Cambridge campus is staging its next Open Day on Saturday 27 November to encourage those interested to visit for a day of discussions and activities at a time when record numbers of young men and women are still opting for a university education to secure a brighter economic future. 

The day will allow potential students and their families to find out more about undergraduate study opportunities at East Road campus, Cambridge. Anglia Ruskin University offers students the chance to pursue their academic interests at a modern university with excellent facilities and a growing reputation for world class research combined with dedication to excellence in teaching.

Visitors will be able to see the £40m campus redevelopment project taking shape which encompasses a flagship building for the Ashcroft International Business School, spacious new lecture halls, computing laboratories, additional social spaces and an extension to the student library which will be completed during May. The facilities on campus include a forensic science laboratory complete with scene of crime workshops, multimedia and sound recording studios, a human energetic sports science laboratory, university eye clinic, theatre, art gallery and language centre.

Anglia Ruskin University is expecting its UCAS applications to be up for a third year as the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) continues to restrict university places for full time undergraduate UK/EU students. 

The advice to prospective students from Pat Watson, Head of UK/EU Admissions at Anglia Ruskin University, is to apply early, work hard to achieve good grades and make good use of the five UCAS choices that are available to most applicants.

"The application process has never been more critical than it is today. The number of applicants is still increasing and we expect an additional rush to beat the forthcoming fee increases. Government restrictions on full time undergraduate student places are also an issue as there are less places to go around."

"As always, there will be lots of expert advisers on hand to recommend the right degree programmes and to give advice on how to secure places."

From September 2011, Anglia Ruskin University’s Faculty of Health & Social Care will be offering Nursing at degree level only. Those who are interested in finding out more about the course, entry requirements and taster days should come along.

The Faculties involved in the Open Day include Arts Law & Social Sciences, Science & Technology, the Ashcroft International Business School and the Faculty of Health & Social Care.

Exhibitors involved in the Anglia Ruskin University Open Day event will include: Admissions, Accommodation, Student Services and the Students’ Union.  The Sirens Cheerleading squad will also be performing and answering questions about the clubs and societies available.

Anglia Ruskin University Open Days generally attract 800-1000 prospective students to the campus along with members of their family and friends. There are four Open Days staged during the year.

Cambridge School of Art students will be selling cakes in the Ruskin Gallery to help raise money for next year’s degree show.

Those interested in attending one of the Open Days can get more information and  pre-register online at www.anglia.ac.uk/openday or call 0845 271 3333 for more details.