Giving you the full St Mary's experience at our open days
An open day is the perfect opportunity to get an insight into student life at St Mary's University, to see the spaces where you'll be learning and living, and to meet the academics who will teach you. You'll also get to speak to our student ambassadors as they take you around our beautiful campus and show you our accommodation options.
The day starts with a simple registration: head to the check in desk in the library hub (located next to the chapel) and you'll be greeted by one of our friendly staff members. If you've booked your place on our website, we'll be able to check your name off our list quickly and guide you through the day.
You'll receive a booklet with a schedule of all the tours, subject talks and presentations happening on the day, as well as places to eat and drink, a detailed campus map, information on the local area, an overview of our clubs and societies, and a timetable outline for you to use as you plan your day. If you need directions at any point in the day, our staff and student ambassadors will be located across the campus and are happy to help.
Student Life Zone
Based in our Dolce Vita Café, you'll find the students' union team who coordinate all the sports clubs and societies on campus and organises all major events and entertainment throughout the year. On the day, you'll be able to talk to our Students' Union members about joining a society, life as a student at St Mary's, how to make friends as a fresher and even questions on your chosen course.
In the Student Life Zone, you'll be able to chat with our support and wellbeing teams at St Mary’s to see how we'll be here for you throughout your degree. Campus and accommodation tours also leave from here.
Tours: Library, Sports Lab, Campus, Accommodation
Our campus tours are a great way to visit the amazing facilities you'll be using when you study with us, and to meet some of our current students and ask them questions about the student experience at St Mary's. Tours typically last 30 minutes and will take you through our library, the sports lab, and lecture halls, giving you time to explore and get involved in activities happening in various locations.
Sign up for a tour as soon as you can, as they tend to fill up fast! After the Welcome Talk, drop by the Student Life Zone in the Dolce Vita Café, and ask one of our staff members when the tours are running.
The best way to make the most of your time between subject talks is to have a one-on-one chat with our approachable lecturers about your subject area of interest. You'll find lecturers or programme directors from every department who will answer all your questions on teaching, assessment, workshops, work placements, and study areas, and will guide you through the course modules.
You don't have to sign up in advance to talk to them, visit the Academic Zone in the Study Hub, right where you registered, and ask our staff when you're able to fit in your chat (they're usually 15 to 45 minutes long).
Welcome Talk and Introduction to Student Services
After registration, you'll head to a Welcome Talk where our Vice Chancellor will introduce you to St Mary's University and all of its student services. You'll hear about why St Mary's is the place to be and its excellent reputation for student satisfaction and teaching quality, as well as facts about its history and location.
At the end of the talk, you'll be able to ask our Vice Chancellor any question you may have about our services, accommodation, course subjects and more or find a student ambassador to direct you to the next event.
Sport St Mary's Talk
If you're interested in pursuing a degree in sport, exercise, or nutrition, we also host an engaging Sport St Mary's Talk, a great way for you hear more about our programmes and the kind of careers you could go into after you graduate. Over the years, St Mary's has developed an excellent reputation for sport.
The university has one of the largest portfolios of sport degrees in the UK, and a fantastic record in competition across a range of sports. Our Sport St Mary's Talk covers everything about our programmes, course modules, teaching methods, work placements and student testimonials to give you an in-depth insight into how we'll support your sporting goals.
Applying to University Talk
Another important talk that you may not want to miss is our Applying to University Talk, which will give you insightful tips on how to make your application process as smooth as possible. If you are the first one in your family to go to university or need to be sure you're following the right steps and meeting all the deadlines, this talk will answer all of your questions, inform you on the options you have as you get closer to applying, and will direct you to useful websites.
The talk is usually held in the Waldegrave Drawing Room. Remember that our lecturers, student ambassadors and staff members are always available to answer application questions throughout the day!
Careers and Placement Talk
At our open day, you'll take part in a Careers and Placement Talk where our staff will offer useful information on work placements, on-campus jobs, volunteering opportunities and a lot more. St Mary's Careers Services sets up many career events throughout the year, which allow students and graduates to meet face-to-face with employers. Some of the events include career fairs, forums and employer presentations.
This is a great talk to attend if you wish to find out where our graduates have been employed after graduation and where they have worked during their work placement. If you're curious to find out more about work placements specific to your chosen course, you can either ask questions at the end of the talk or just pop to their centre on campus.