All-new University Fair for 2020 is a great success
In 2020, the Kings University Fair moved online for the first time. Taking place across three days, from 3-5th November, it was attended by 38 universities from around the UK, including the University of Bath, University of Manchester, Loughborough University, University of Southampton, Royal Holloway University, Kingston University, Oxford Brookes University, Aston University and UCLan.
The fair provided students with a combination of one-to-one appointments with university representatives, and group presentations. Events like this more important than ever this year as many students won’t be able to attend physical open days and meet with university staff face-to-face.
Commenting on the new format for 2020, International Officer at Aston University, Bea Fowler, said:
“The fair set up worked really well. It was really helpful to have the students’ details and the course they were interested in in advance so I could prepare.""These events are great as it allows the students to meet uni representatives and often we stay in touch throughout the year to support the student through the whole application process and even once they start university."
Sam Gibson, International Student Recruitment Manager at Royal Holloway University London agreed, saying:
“The university fair format worked really well with organised appointments. This enables us to prepare beforehand to have a much better consultation with the student, as well as encouraging the student to have researched the university beforehand too."
"It worked well and Kings should use this format again if another virtual fair is required."
Alexandra Haycock, Regional Officer at University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) also found the new format helpful, and commented on how well-prepared the Kings students participating were, saying:
“Kings students are well-prepared and articulate – a pleasure to counsel! I had so many conversations with students in the UK and their home countries. We hope that these sessions will help Kings students to make informed choices and progress though to university next autumn."
"The Kings team have worked incredibly hard in organising a complex schedule of events incorporating many universities – UCLan are happy and proud to have been part of the event!”
International Officer at Durham University, Lauren Scarratt, pointed out how useful these types of events can be to find out the differences between courses at different institutions, saying:
"Many students might be interested in Law, or Psychology, for example, and university fairs such as this one allow students to learn about the course structure and specific modules and teaching styles at each institution, so that they can choose what suits them best."
"Of course, there’s much more to a university than just the course, and it can be a bit overwhelming trying to sort through all the information available on each institution, so having a chance to pick up some key details at a fair is really helpful! "
It was a great opportunity for students to ask questions and narrow down their university choices.
Barathi Amarasekaran, an Advanced Level Foundation student at Kings Oxford, commented:
“I met with 5 universities In total — Oxford Brookes Univerisity, Kingston University, Loughborough University, Reading University and Winchester University.
All of the meetings went well and I had enough time to ask all my questions. I needed to know more information about my requirements, what the course is like, the city itself, the number of students in a class, what I need to have in my portfolio since I want to do architecture and so on.
It was really fun speaking with the universities as they were all very polite and helpful. I had more than enough time to discuss and even though it was an online fair, I think it was more informative as it was just one-on-one.”
Amela Agastra who is studying at Kings Bournemouth, also participated in the fair and had the following to say:
“I met universities such as Strathclyde, Bath, Manchester and Loughborough and I attended the group presentation with the University of Manchester. The University Fair was very helpful for me since I talked about what universities require in order to give me an offer.”
We were delighted that the first of our new-format fairs went so well, and that students were able to gain as much insight and information as in previous years.