Open Day at Swansea University
Thousands of prospective students and their family members will attend an Open Day at Swansea University on Saturday 2nd July 2011.
During the day, the visitors will be able to speak to leading academics, admissions staff and students about the undergraduate degree courses on offer and to discuss with individual lecturers the curriculum, the career pathways open to potential applicants and the job prospects of students after graduation.
Swansea University’s recruitment team will also be on-hand to discuss the details of the proposed fee plan that the University has submitted to the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) following an extensive consultation exercise with a wide range of stakeholders, including the Students’ Union.
If approved [on Monday 11th July 2011], Swansea University will charge up to £9,000 a year for all undergraduate degree courses. This decision, which was reached in the context of a significant reduction in government funding for higher education, will enable the University to safeguard and continually improve the excellent teaching and learning that current students enjoy and prospective students expect.
The proposed fee plan, will also enable the University to offer a comprehensive financial support package to students from lower income families; to expand its’ outreach programme and to further invest in an access scheme that recognises potential, improves retention and achievement and, ultimately, encourages students from under-represented groups and communities - with the ability to benefit from higher education - to take full advantage of the life-changing experience that Swansea has to offer.
Potential applicants interested in finding out more about the range of bursary schemes available, plus the additional bursaries proposed within the fee plan, will be encouraged to attend one of the Financial Talks taking place in the Taliesin Arts Centre at 10.30am and 1.30pm on Saturday 2nd July 2011. And, as the actual amount of grants, loans and bursaries available will depend on a number of factors, more information will be available at the Money Advice Stand in the Foyer of Fulton House.
The visitors will also have the opportunity to take a tour of the campus, to explore the leisure, sports and arts facilities available on-campus and, of course, to view the quality accommodation on offer. Attendees will also be encouraged to find out about the extensive pastoral and welfare support available to all Swansea University students.
Before returning home, it is expected that many of the visitors will take time out to enjoy the parkland setting, overlooking Swansea bay, and to explore the vibrant, cosmopolitan city and surrounding areas.
The Welsh Government announced in November 2010 that students resident in Wales will be eligible for a Tuition Fee Grant to cover costs over and above the current fee of approximately £3,500 per year.