On my way down from Gibbet Hill to main campus the other Wednesday, I noticed the banner stating “Welcome to the School of Life Sciences” at the entrance to the School. This firstly made me think “is it that time of year already?!”, and then prompted me to think back to 3 years ago when I was a prospective student and was visiting various universities.  It also suddenly dawned on me how quickly my time at Warwick has gone and how it is nearing the end.

 I strongly suggest that you attend as many Offer Holder Days you are able to. When I was in your position, I did not know whether I wanted to go to Warwick or Exeter, and it was from visiting the universities on these days that prompted my decision to firm Warwick. I attended the Warwick day first, and as soon as I left the Exeter campus I knew that Warwick was where I could see myself.

The aim of the day is largely to give you a further insight into what studying your specific course would be like here at Warwick, but there is the additional option to attend a campus tour. This provides you with a full picture of the University experience at Warwick, but you may have already seen our campus from visiting on an Open Day.

The events always have a Park & Ride option available because parking on campus is limited, and the coach takes you to campus from Stoneleigh Agricultural Centre, just a short drive from campus. I had travelled from London so it was appreciated that the day started at the Gibbet Hill campus at 11am.

 Life Sciences prospective students- what should you expect?

In groups, we were given a tour round the Life Sciences campus. I was very impressed by the facilities, (where I have since spent many an hour!), such as the laboratories, the Interactive Computer Learning Suite filled with Macs, and the main lecture theatre. This has since been updated and would give a greater impression now. I liked visiting the BioMed Grid, a comfortable study space that I frequently use, with tables to sit at and study in groups. It is well equipped with books to use for reference only, lots of computers and sofas. Here I also found out that there is a shuttle bus that goes from Gibbet Hill to main campus, even up until the early hours so it would be no problem studying there until it got dark.

 A really useful and informative talk is held in the main lecture theatre, (and your guests are able to come too), providing an overview of the content and structure for all of the Life Sciences degree courses, the varied teaching methods, classes and methods of assessment. You will hear about any field trips, which is mainly specific to Biological Sciences students, but there are some optional ones. There is also information about studying a module from another department such as a Modern Foreign Language or Business. A current student at Warwick will give a talk to give you a feel for studying at Warwick from a student perspective.

 There was an informal buffet lunch in the Atrium where you had the opportunity to talk to current students, staff and fellow prospective students. Then in groups you attended a tutorial meeting with 7 other students where we discussed a paper, just like you would do in a tutorial at Warwick.

I hope this has given you an idea as to what to expect from an event like this, and why it is such a valuable experience. All other prospective students will be feeling the same way as you will be on the day, so don’t worry!