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Higher Education convention to provide prospective students with vital information

Over fifty internationally renowned Higher Education institutes from throughout the UK will attend an event next week designed to provide prospective new students with the information they require to kick-start their academic career.

Esteemed institutes such as Oxford University, the Imperial College of London, Edinburgh University and the University of Aberdeen will be amongst those represented at the annual Grampian Higher Education Convention.

Hosted by the University of Aberdeen and Careers Scotland, the convention takes place on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 September.

Designed to provide those considering entering higher education with essential background information and crucial advice, over 2000 visitors are expected to attend the event which will be held at Elphinstone Hall on the University's King's College Campus.

Open to people of all ages, those attending the event will be offered the opportunity to liaise with colleges and universities from across Scotland, England and Wales to learn more about the range of degree programmes and courses available.  

A team of Careers Scotland advisers will be on hand throughout the event to provide impartial and professional career information, advice and support.

An early evening session will also take place as part of the convention, aimed at providing mature students and parents with details on the financial aspects of higher education. 

Rachel Sandison, Head of Student Recruitment and Admissions, University of Aberdeen said: "The Grampian Higher Education Convention presents an ideal occasion for those considering taking that important step into academia, to gain the vital information and advice they require.  Bringing representatives from highly regarded institutes from throughout the UK together under one roof, the event is an entirely unique opportunity to review the range of degree programmes and courses available allowing prospective students to make an informed decision on their future education."

Malcolm Barron Regional Manager with Careers Scotland, said: "The Higher Education Convention happens only once a year and should not be missed by anyone considering further or higher education.  They are a great opportunity to get the facts about a wide range of courses, colleges and universities."

"Making the right choice involves careful planning and understanding, and these conventions brings all the experts together.

"Further and higher education can mean a significant commitment for the whole family and it's important that students and their parents have access to the facts before they make any decisions.  We would encourage anyone interested in taking the next step towards further or higher education to visit one of the conventions."

Information sessions will be held throughout the two day convention at the following times:

Wednesday 10 September

9.45 – 12.00

1.00 – 3.00

5.30 – 7.30

Thursday 11 September

9.45 - 12.00

1.00 – 3.00

The evening session Student Finance: A guide to funding for students and parents will take place on Wednesday 10 September from 6.30 – 7pm.

For further information about the Grampian Higher Education Convention contact Lesley MacLennan, Marketing Officer, University of Aberdeen on 01224 272517 or email l.m.maclennan@abdn.ac.uk.

ENDS

Notes to Editors

Issued by the Communications Team, Office of External Affairs, University of Aberdeen, King's College, Aberdeen. Tel: (01224) 272014.

Issued on: Wednesday 3rd of September 2008

Ref: 235HEconvention
Contact: Kelly Cromar

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