Education convention for potential students

Prospective students and their parents will later this week hear at firsthand about university and college life.

The University of Aberdeen is hosting the annual Higher Education Convention at Kings College on Thursday (September 15) and Friday (September 16).

Organised by Skills Development Scotland, in association with UCAS and the University of Aberdeen, the Convention will see college and university representatives from all over the UK gather under one roof.

Around 40 organisations will have people at the event providing information and advice to would-be students and their families.

Details about further and higher education courses, accommodation and funding opportunities will be among the wealth of information on offer. 

Every secondary school in Grampian has been invited to attend, however, the Convention is open to anyone of any age who is interested in further and higher education and the event is free.

There is also an early evening session aimed at parents who wish to accompany their sons and daughters. This session is on Thursday between 5.30pm and 7.30pm.

For people who need some help with their next step, Skills Development Scotland careers advisers will be on hand to provide impartial and professional career information, advice and support.

Moira Whyte, local Manager with Skills Development Scotland, said,

“The Education Convention should not be missed by anyone considering further or higher education.  It is 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 this convention 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.”

Rachel Sandison., Director of Marketing, Student Recruitment and Alumni Relations, at the University of Aberdeen, said: “Aimed towards school pupils and mature students considering returning to education, the Grampian Higher Education Convention is a must for anyone considering taking that important step into academia, providing the chance 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."

The Higher Education Convention takes place at Elphinstone Hall, King’s College on

Thursday between 9.30am and 12.00 noon, 1pm and 3pm and 5.30pm and 7.30pm and again on Friday between 9.30am and 12 noon.

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