Open Day offers insight into living and learning at UNE

Published 05 May 2010

kateThis year’s Open Day at the University of New England has more to offer prospective students than ever before.

Happening earlier in the year than previously, UNE Open Day 2010, on Friday 7 May, will give visitors more time to make their university enrolment decisions.

UNE staff members will be available for academic and course advice all day – from 9.30 am until 5 pm, and information sessions on a wide range of study programs will be held both morning and afternoon.

Tours of the residential colleges will continue all day, following the more formal tours between 7.30 and 9.30 am when the colleges are providing breakfast for visitors. More than 400 people have already booked for college breakfasts.

Sixty-six prospective students will gain a comprehensive experience of college life by staying the night in the newly refurbished residential block at Mary White College. Their experience will include dinner and entertainment on Thursday evening, and breakfast on Friday morning. Earle Page College will also provide dinner, evening entertainment, and breakfast for a group of visitors staying in town.

Farrah Correy, Residences Marketing Officer at UNE, said that more than 25 students at each of the seven colleges would be acting as tour guides and assisting with activities – including entertainment – for college visitors throughout the day.

The coordinator of Open Day, Marina Schneider, said secondary schools were expecting that holding the event (previously held in September) well before trial examinations for the Higher School Certificate would enable more Year 12 students to attend. She said that school parties would be coming from areas including north-western NSW, the mid North Coast, and the Hunter Valley. “Two busloads of students are coming from Coffs Harbour, and a mother and her two daughters – who have a specific interest in animal science studies at UNE – are actually coming all the way from South Australia,” Ms Schneider said.

She added that the repetition of the morning’s information sessions in the afternoon would give people travelling some distance on the day a greater chance of attending them. Morning and afternoon information sessions for parents will be accompanied by morning and afternoon tea.

Entertainment in UNE’s Central Courtyard will include the Newcastle band “the Seabellies”, a Battle of the Bands, and outside broadcasting by the University’s student radio station TUNE!FM. Free on-campus shuttle bus services and a free barbecue lunch will be provided.

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THE IMAGE displayed here expands to show (from left) Emma Wells, Jim Klarner and Rebecca Moxon – the “Kate’s Mates” team who will be linking Open Day visitors to UNE’s social networking contact for prospective students, “Kate UNE”.