Queen's attracted almost 15,000 prospective students and their families – including more from England, Scotland and Wales than ever before – at the University's annual Open Days earlier this month.
Sixth-formers and other would-be students turned out in force over three days to get a closer look at Queen's world-class facilities and speak to teaching and support staff. They participated in tours of many areas of campus including the award-winning McClay Library, Physical Education Centre (PEC), and Elms Village student accommodation.
The Open Days were the most interactive to date with exhibitions and talks running at various locations. Among the biggest crowd-pullers were the iconic DeLorean electrical vehicle, made famous in the Back to the Future films, which was showcasing EPS Faculty; the Baxter humanoid robot, designed to help manufacturers boost manufacturing and quality, showcasing the School of EEECS; and a trading-room simulation game, where players could get up close and personal with stock and bond markets, which was hosted by Queen's Management School.
Trained student volunteers could be seen all over campus with the slogan 'Ask Me A Question' emblazoned across the back of their Queen's-branded T-shirts. As usual, the Whitla Hall acted as a central information point on everything from Admissions, Careers, Accommodation and Finance to Student Support Services.
The Open Days were organised by the Domestic Recruitment and Events team at the University, with support from Strategic Marketing and Communications, with lots of traction and buzz on the University's social-media sites.
The total breakdown of attendance was as follows: Thursday 7 September - 5642; Friday 8 September – 7251; and Saturday 9 September – 2,000, with approximately 200 of those from mainland Britain.