Over 1000 school pupils are expected to descend upon the university next week as it hosts the hugely popular UCAS exhibition.
Indeed spaces at the North and West Cumbria UCAS Exhibition were in such high demand last year that organisers decided to move the date forward by two months to Thursday 2 May to give even more northern school pupils the opportunity to explore their higher education and career options.
Over 85 universities, colleges and employers are rolling up to exhibit and inform pupils.
Alongside numerous universities covering all four corners of the UK, Carlisle College, the Armed Forces and the National Apprenticeship Service are making a return.
New to this year’s exhibition, Carlisle United Community Sports Trust will be promoting their BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport and Foundation Degree in Community Coaching and Development.
Another notable addition is the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, just one of a number of arts providers that feature heavily in this year’s line-up, alongside the University of Arts, London and the Northern School of Arts.
Pupils also get access to free seminars on the day which cover a cornucopia of informative topics from applying for medicine, dentistry and veterinary science, student finance and navigating the creative industries.
Combined with advice on the application process and interactive stands, pupils will get a taste of life on campus, and be able to ask current students what it’s really like studying a subject.
Ellie Missen, Student Recruitment Officer at the University of Cumbria urged pupils to think about coming along.
She said: “Now is the time for year 12 pupils to get ahead and start researching and planning their future.
“At the exhibition they will get the unrivalled opportunity to compare different courses and universities and really get a feel for which ones best suit their goals and personality.
“It’s here that they will be able to speak to real students who have been through the process and who can share their tips for success. So, I urge anyone considering higher education to come along and find out more.”
Courteney Sheppard, Customer Experience Manager at UCAS, said: “Exhibitions are a fantastic way to find more on range of options available, and ask all your important questions in one day, under one roof. There’s also the opportunity to find out the skills, experience and ambition that universities and colleges are looking for, which will help you put together a strong application.
The news of the UCAS exhibition comes just after the university recently announced it gained research degree awarding powers, which means it now can award research degrees and doctorates.
This significant news is just one in a number of successes the university can ascribe to its name along with its leading role in organising the recent Carlisle Culture Conversations.