Making the most
of your Open Day

"When I was deciding on a university, I wanted to make sure that the decision I made was the right one for me. The University of Derby felt like a place where I could exceed and excel my expectations. Here's my tips for making the most of your visit." Usman Asif, BA (Hons) English student

1. Plan your day

"Think about what you want to get out of the day before you visit and plan your day around that. Our support teams are available all day to answer any questions you may and student ambassadors will be on-hand to point you in the right direction."

2. Go to a subject taster session

"For me, the course was the most important aspect of choosing a university. The subject taster will introduce you to the academics and the modules, along with the ways that you will be assessed. Don’t hesitate to ask questions – remember there's no such thing as a silly question. But if you don’t want to ask them in front of everyone, see the academic at the end of the session."

3. Take a campus tour

"As important as the course may be, equally important is the campus itself. It may, after all, be your ‘second home’ in your third year! So make sure you like what you see and be ready and willing to explore all areas and facilities of the University."

open day visitor looking at map
Open day attendees talking to lecturer
student at open day using microscope

4. Look around halls

"If you’re planning on leaving home then make sure you visit the accommodation as that will be your home for at least your first year at University."

5. Speak to current students about their experience

"Before we became student ambassadors, we went through the same process you are going through now. We can definitely relate to your concerns and worries, so ask us questions about our experiences and what life is like as a student."

Group photo of Open Day ambassadors

The open day showed me what an amazing, positive and modern environment it has. It felt super professional but friendly at the same time

Adam Molnar
October Open Day visitor