University launches UK tour of Parent Sessions

University launches UK tour of Parent Sessions

Parents from across the UK and Ireland will be given the unique opportunity to learn more about university life in Aberdeen as a new series of events launches next week.

The University of Aberdeen will host Parents’ Information Evenings at venues across the country from Wednesday (February 10).

Designed to inform parents of potential new scholars on all areas of the student experience, a total of 11 cities will be visited over the course of this month, including London, Dublin, Belfast, Inverness, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Birmingham, and Manchester.

The tour will kick off on Wednesday at the University of Aberdeen’s King’s College Conference Centre with the event beginning at 7pm. The sessions are free to attend and advance registration is available at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/parents-evening/

Information on finances, course work, accommodation and the support networks available to new students will be just some of the information covered at the events.

Rachel Sandison, Head of Student Recruitment and Admissions, University of Aberdeen said: “Selecting which university to attend is a crucial choice for prospective students and parents can play an integral role in the decision making process, providing vital advice and support.

“Equally, entering higher education is not just a significant leap for the scholar involved.  For the parent this may be the first time their child will be living away from home, and it is important that they feel fully informed about the facilities, services and range of  support mechanisms which are in place to help and enhance their child’s time at university.

“From advice on financial issues through to information on the amenities and activities the University offers, the Parents’ Information Evenings are designed to provide parents with a valuable insight into all aspects of university life, and help them feel reassured as their child embarks on this exciting new phase of their academic career.”

The sessions will also provide the opportunity for parents to learn more about recent changes made by the University to modernise the structure, content, delivery and flexibility of its degrees to ensure they match the needs of graduates and employers.

Students embarking on their studies in September this year will be the first to benefit from this curriculum review which has resulted in new enhanced study options, increased support for study breaks and wider opportunities to broaden experience and skills through overseas study, work placements and voluntary work.

The Parents’ Information Evenings will also highlight the infrastructure investment which is making a major difference to the University campus with new facilities such as the Aberdeen Sports Village and the Suttie Centre for Teaching and Learning in Healthcare and the development of the £57M Library and Special Collections Centre — the largest capital fundraising project undertaken by the institution.

For more information on the Parents’ Information Evenings visit http://www.abdn.ac.uk/parents-evening/ or contact Student Recruitment and Admissions on 01224 272 090 or by email at sras@abdn.ac.uk

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