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Giving a little extra at October Open Days


Oct 29, 2016

The University of Sunderland’s latest Open Day event offers extra time to prospective students to gather information and advice on the big decisions surrounding their careers.

There will be a host of experts, advisers and students on hand at the event on Friday, October 14(2pm-6pm), at the David Puttnam Media Centre, Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. This is followed by the full Open Day on Saturday, October 15 (9.30am-4pm).

Whether its advice on personal statements, questions about entry requirements or just wanting to have a little more time to look around the campus and facilities, the Undergraduate Open Days arethe best way to see what university is really like.

Places can be booked via this link.

Megan Lunn, Student Recruitment Co-ordinator, said: “We’ve introduced an Open Day Extra this year to provide the opportunity for potential students and their families to take their time to see the place they have considered as an option, and talk to people who work and study here.

“Finding out about your course is vital, but it’s also useful to talk to people who make the university tick; our support services. They form a big part of the life at university from sport to security, libraries to landlords and counselling to car parks they have it all covered.” 

Case study – Karina Rooney

In 2010 Karina Rooney attended a University of Sunderland Open Day without a clear idea of where she would study- four years later she has graduated and embarked on her second degree at the University.

“I originally wasn’t going to come to Sunderland but when I came to the Open Day I knew it was where I wanted to be,” she said. “It sounds cheesy but it felt like home instantly and I could see myself studying here.”

Karina studied Law and has been keen to promote the University to future students. During her second year she took part in Sunderland’s award-winning Lives Online project, blogging about her experiences in the hope of inspiring others.

“Lives online was truly fantastic and opened so many doors for me and I wanted to help inspire other students and make them see that university isn’t all about working on assignments and having your head in a book all day; there are trips, social events, societies and other things to do outside of lectures.”

Originally from Scotland, Karina is now firmly a part of the North-East. She went on to study a Criminal Law and graduated from the Criminal Masters degree with a distinction, as well as graduating from PGCE/PCET teaching degree from Sunderland in June. She begins a job as a Teaching Study Assistant at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College in Darlington next week.

She is clear in her advice for anyone unsure about higher education, and says: “Attending the Open Day really did have a huge impact on me and changed my view of university and my firm choice on UCAS. There is something for everyone and it’s an unforgettable experience.

“In picking a university go for somewhere that feels right; if you want to stay close to home stay close to home, if you want somewhere that has a campus in the countryside, go for it. I chose Sunderland because it felt warm, friendly and people were happy, compared to other universities it just felt right.”

During the October 14, Open Day Extra, you can drop in to:

Application Advice – we can answer questions about entry requirements or help you with your UCAS application.

Scholarships Team – are on hand to tell you what’s on offer to make sure you don’t miss out.

Current Students – why not grab a coffee and chat with one of our current students.

There will be talks given, including Personal Statement Talk (3:30pm – 4pm  and 4:30pm – 5pm),UCAS Talk (2:30pm-3pm and 4pm-4.30pm) and Scholarships and Finance Talk (3pm-3.30pm and5pm-5.30pm).

Campus Tours will be available throughout – book in at the registration desk

Accommodation Tours will be available throughout – book in at the registration desk

For information on courses or to speak to an academic, come along to the University of Sunderland’sOpen Day on 15 October or arrange an individual tour.

Click here to book your place now

See University of Sunderland staff in action at an Open Day.


By Emily