Open Day helps to point people towards higher education

Published: 27 September 2010 at 10:25

Pressure grows on students to get organised as government cuts means more competition for places

Anglia Ruskin University is preparing to help hundreds of prospective higher education students from the East of England to act now to make their first move towards a brighter future as they look at the various opportunities available to them.

Its Chelmsford and Cambridge campuses are staging their next Open Day on Saturday 9 October 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 opting for a university education.

The day will allow potential students and their families to find out more about undergraduate study opportunities at and Rivermead campus, Chelmsford and East Road campus, Cambridge. Visitors will be able to see the state-of the-art facilities available at each campus and speak to advisers and student ambassadors about the various degree programme options.

Anglia Ruskin University is expecting its UCAS applications to be up for a second year as the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) continues to cap university places for full time undergraduate UK/EU students to 2008 numbers. 

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 always been challenging for degree level study but with application numbers increasing and the government restrictions on full time undergraduate student places  continuing to bite it will be harder than ever for students to gain places. We recommend students ensure they complete their application fully to make the best use of this opportunity to tell universities of their abilities, experience and potential and that they ensure they meet UCAS applications deadlines."

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

"This first Open Day of our series will put anyone interested on the right footing – we advise everyone to think ahead and get organised now."

Exhibitors involved in the Anglia Ruskin University Open Day event will include Admissions, Accommodation, Student Services and the Students’ Union.

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

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.

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