Visit Days – thank you to everyone, including our visitors

We have enjoyed the Visit Days – and it seems that our visitors have, too…

Mary Morrissey writes:

20th of March saw the last of this year’s department visit days. The visit days are a chance for ‘offer holders’ (those who have applied for one of our programmes through UCAS and who have been made an offer of a place) to visit the department and see if they would like to accept that offer. The visit day gives people a chance to hear about the department in more detail, so we give a talk about the degree programmes and module choices. We have a talk by students, so applicants can hear what the experience is really like. And we have members of staff to chat and to answer any questions. There is a quick tour of the camps and the halls of residence. Joint-honour students also get the chance to visit their second department. By the end of the day, everyone is pretty tired!

We got some fantastic feedback from the visitors. Lots of people said that the day was useful and informative; that the students and staff were friendly and supportive. ☺ One student said it was an ‘excellent day’, and another said that that ‘everyone was so positive’. We also got great feedback on the other ways that we stay in touch with our applicants: one applicant said our website is ‘the best I’ve seen’!

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The Admissions team (Jean, Neil, Cindy and I) want to thank everyone who has helped to make this year’s visit days such a positive experience. A particularly big ‘thank you’ goes to the students who gave the talks (Jess, Steph, Charley, Nicola and Anja) and to the student campus guides (Lucy, Alex, Anja, Sara, Michelle, Alice, Douglas, Lizzie, Siobhan, Yasmin, Naomi and Ellie). It is such a buzz for us as teachers to hear our students speak with such confidence, and to hear you say such positive things about your experience here. Members of the department who came out to meet people at coffee and lunch also get our thanks. We couldn’t have done it without all your help.

Admissions is important to us all, because our future students will shape this department for those that follow them: they will act as Class Reps; run the English Society; edit the Creative Writing anthology, and provide volunteers for *Spark and the Radio station. All the things that you guys put so much work into, our applicants will continue; and those things add so much to what our students gain from their time here. So thank you!

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Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature at the University of Reading. Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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