De Montfort University (DMU) welcomed more than a thousand potential students through its doors on Saturday for a hugely successful Open Day.
It was the first University-wide Open Day of the year in which potential students and their families, from all over the country, had a chance to look around.
Departments across the city-based campus organised talks and demonstrations to show the visitors and their friends and families what DMU has to offer.
Staff and students helped make the event run like clockwork as they welcomed visitors, took them on tours of the campus and halls of residence.
The feedback from potential students and their families was that it was a day well spent which gave them a real taste of life at the university and allowed them to experience the huge range of top class facilities on offer. They also praised staff and students for being so helpful. Many have already said they would like to study for a degree at DMU.
Demi Holt, 17, from Birmingham, was looking at the midwifery course. She said: “The course looks really interesting but it also involves a lot of hard work and there will be a lot of competition to get a place. I would really fancy coming here if I get the grades.
“The Open Day has been well organised and I got all the information needed. I would tell anyone thinking of coming to an Open Day at DMU to go for it. It is worth it.”
Tom Brown, 17, from Manchester, was looking at courses in product design and graphic design.
He said: “They look like really good courses. It looks like there are a large variety of careers you can go into as a result because there are good industry links. There is a lot of commitment needed for the course because, to be a good designer, you need to put the time and effort in.
“The Open Day has been very well set up compared to others I have seen. It is definitely the best organised event I have been to. People should definitely come along and have a look and get a real feel for the university.”
Lee Ainge, 17, from Northampton, is looking to study media and English.
He said: “Coming to the Open Day is a lot better than just looking at a university online. I have got a real feel for the place and the course. The staff are really friendly and the event has been so much better than a lot of universities I have been to. It is so well organised. People should come here and have a look. The campus tours were really helpful and the tour guides were great.”
Sonia Razaq, 17, and her friend Samiha Bashir, 18, were both visiting the campus from Peterborough, and looking at a course in education studies.
Sonia said: “The course is really good. People should come here for a visit. We have had the chance to make new friends with people who will probably be on our course and we have been able to see the facilities, which are excellent.”
Samiha said: “It has been a brilliant day and I have really enjoyed it. I was quite surprised by how good an open day can turn out to be. I would definitely recommend people come along and have a look at the university. The atmosphere is great. It is a lively place with lovely people.”
Rayon Valentine, 16, from Nottingham, would like to take a foundation course then go on to study animation and game art.
He said: “I have really enjoyed the day and I am really impressed with the course. I was talking to a couple of teachers at my school and they weren’t sure if DMU was right for me. But I wanted to see the place for myself and I have really enjoyed it. As soon as you get to DMU you are being helped by people. You definitely need to come here yourself and don’t take someone else’s word for it. You may end up having a totally different experience to what they did.”
Ian Mann, principal lecturer in media technology, in DMU’s Faculty of Technology, was showing people the impressive studios in the Queen’s building.
He said: “A lot of people we have seen are very focussed on what they want to do when they graduate. So they have been impressed with the courses and the facilities as they have walked around. Our courses are very much industry focused which is a major attraction for potential students.”
Staff member Azima Ibrahim was working an Open Day for the first time, offering help and advice to visitors to the Hugh Aston Building, the £35million home of the Faculty of Buisness and Law.
The HR secretary said: “I have had a really lovely day. I have made a whole bunch of new friends and all the visitors have loved the fact we are her to help them around the campus. It has been a great experience and great to do something a bit different to being sat in an office.”
Professor Dominic Shellard, vice-chancellor of DMU, delivered four very popular welcome addresses during the Open Day to both students and their families.
He said: “The Open Day is a chance for us to show potential students, and their friends and families, how we are a university of quality and distinctiveness. With the sun shining and so many staff and students determined to show off DMU at its best there is no doubt we managed to do that today.
“It was great to see so many potential students showing an interest in our courses and all the extra things we have to offer that add up to being the ultimate student experience, such as a first class students’ union, hundreds of student volunteering opportunities and a brand new £8 million leisure centre. I really look forward to welcoming them here as undergraduates in 2013.”
For more information about the university and courses on offer go to: www.dmu.ac.uk
Our next open day takes place in September, book your place now and experience what DMU has to offer.
Posted on Monday 9th July 2012