Top tips for students ahead of UCAS deadline

11 January 2023

A leading UK expert in careers information, advice and guidance, Professor Siobhan Neary, is recommending that young people who are making big decisions about their future should attend as many university Open Days as possible. 

Professor Neary, who leads the University of Derby’s International Centre for Guidance Studies, which is renowned for its education research, particularly in the field of career development and widening access, said:

“This year it is more challenging than ever for young people who are making difficult decisions about their future, so it is important that they take the opportunity to go out and experience Open Days for themselves.

“Open Days provide a fantastic opportunity for those considering applying for university to gain valuable insight into the courses on offer, the amazing research which universities undertake, and the academic community they will be part of.

“Going to university is a huge decision to make and students rightly want to ensure that the money they spend on tuition fees and living costs, as well as the hard work they put into their studies, will result in a rewarding career at the end of it.

“Attending an Open Day gives prospective students a chance to get answers to all their questions – including those focused on career prospects and what’s next after university. They can speak to current students and graduates about their personal experiences and the life-changing impact it has, which can be a helpful factor in the decision-making process."

A group of students on a stage

The University of Derby has produced some top tips for young people to help them get the most out of their Open Day visits:

A group of people at an Open Day welcome talk

The UCAS deadline is only days away (25 January), and the next University of Derby Open Day is taking place this Saturday 14 January. To book your place visit  

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