School and family groups take advantage of Campus Tours

Published 06 December 2010

camillaWith the end of the 2010 school year and the approach of the next academic year, the University of New England is seeing an increased demand for its free tours of the campus.

UNE’s Schools Liaison Officers and members of the UNE Student Ambassador Program have been conducting tours regularly over the past few months. Participants in recent tours have included school groups, and students applying for the Joint Medical Program’s Bachelor of Medicine degree course.

Year 11 students from Walcha Central School participate in an annual visit to UNE. This year, they were able to see a production by a Theatre Studies student. “Most of the students from Walcha had never seen a theatre production before, so it was an exciting introduction to that area of study,” said Ruth Bartlett-Taylor, the UNE Schools Liaison Officer who guided the tour. “They were certainly impressed by the level of talent displayed in the production, which was very professional.”

The past few weeks have also seen groups from Ashford and Merriwa Central Schools come to Armidale for the day. Year 6 students from Merriwa and their parents saw a fitness class at SportUNE, listened to the blood flowing through their veins, and learnt about the academic discipline of Sports Science. They also manufactured “slime” in the science laboratories.

Individual students and their parents have come from as far away as Narrandera and Braidwood during the same period, and students from Emmaville Central School will be visiting the campus in the coming weeks.

“Campus tours at UNE are a starting point for many students’ UNE experience, and many who have been on tours say that the tour was vital in their decision-making process,” Mrs Bartlett-Taylor said.

“It’s so important to see the place where you might be living for the next four years,” said a visiting student on a recent tour. “It’s great that I can see what my college room might look like, and see inside the lecture halls where I will be studying.”

Two current UNE students who are members of the University’s Student Ambassador Program – Stefanie Taylor and Kyra Austin – have been newly appointed as Campus Tour Operators. They will gain valuable work experience over the summer while sharing their UNE experiences with visiting high-school students. “I’ve loved my time here at UNE, and I enjoy sharing my experiences with potential students,” Stefanie said. “It’s such an important decision for them, so I’m glad that I am able to help them get some questions answered.”

“‘Booloominbah’, the Dixson Library, and the residential colleges are greatly admired by visitors,” she added, “and many touring students enjoy hearing about the history of the University and its buildings.”

Tours are generally run on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays throughout the year. They begin at 9:30 am and 1:30 pm and run for about two hours. Bookings are essential.  For more information go to

THE PHOTOGRAPH displayed here expands to show Ruth Bartlett-Taylor (right) taking Camilla Parry on a campus tour. The photo was taken on the staircase under the Gordon Window in “Booloominbah”. Camilla, who completed Year 10 at New England Girls’ School this year, spent last week doing work experience in UNE’s Marketing and Public Affairs Directorate.