Remember to book your place along with any guests that you’re bringing. When you arrive at the main building of the university, collect an information pack and programme of the day’s events. You can also download an open day app for a quicker alternative. There are a range of transport options available; including public transport and a park and ride service. If you or your parents are driving, you will find it easier to park in the city centre.
Prospective medical students should go straight to the Sir Martin Evans Building at the Cathays Park Campus which is one of the teaching sites for the MB BCh degree. Here, you will be able to meet staff and current students and travel to the Heath Park Campus via bus. This is the other teaching site for medicine and is shared with the University Hospital of Wales. There are a number of talks for you to attend and these cover many aspects from studying medicine to everything you need to know about the selection process.
General talks on the benefits of going to Cardiff University, sport at Cardiff and student finance will also be held at various times throughout the day. If you are interested in medicine, you will want to attend the main student finance talk as NHS funding doesn’t apply until the 5th year of the course. Cardiff have managed to make finance interesting as the talk is an interactive workshop which uses audience participation devices that will ensure you won’t leave the room without each and every one of your questions answered.
Tours will be an efficient way to spend your time at the open day. The campus tour with a student guide lasts for 45 minutes and will give you the opportunity to see every part of the university from a student’s perspective. Make sure you see the impressive range of sports facilities that Cardiff has – especially the strength and conditioning centre which is used by international rugby squads! Potential medical students will want to tour the Life Sciences Resource Centre, The Cochrane Building and Clinical Skills which is an £18 million state-of-the-art building that will host simulations and other activities on the day.
Talybont Court, Talybont South and Senghennydd Court accommodation will be open for you to view. The first two are self-catered with an ensuite while the last is also self-catered but has shared bathrooms. Talybont Court and Talybont South will require a bus trip so make sure to factor this in when you are planning your day.
Slides from all of the talks will be online after the open day for you to browse through.