Open day advice for parents

Open days are a great opportunity for you and your son or daughter to get a feel for the University, and the city.

Plan your day

Preparation is key, and will help to reduce any stress around the day.  We’ll send out guides and event programmes beforehand, and they’re also available to download. To make the most of their day, make sure your son or daughter arrives with all of the information that they need.

Before you set off, take some time to plan out the day with your son or daughter - the talks they’d like to attend, the accommodation they’d like to look around, and the tours they want to take. Whatever their interests, it’s important to prioritise the day around the main subject talk – these are a great opportunity to meet and hear from the Course Leader, the supporting academics, and current students on the course.

Take care of the practical stuff. Make sure you know how you’re getting to the University, where you’re planning to park, and where you’d like to get some lunch. Again, taking care of these practical elements will help reduce any unnecessary stress.

Give support

Although it might feel like your role on the day is taxi driver and lunch-provider, accompanying your son or daughter on an open day can give them support and a second pair of eyes. It’s important, however, to let them take the lead - it’s their future, and their decision. Try and find that balance between being a supportive parent and a hovering one.

It might be helpful to split up, and allow your son or daughter to explore the campus and city without you tagging along.

Make the most of the day

It can seem like there’s a lot to take in on an open day. Make sure you make the most of your time while you’re at the University - take a tour of the facilities, look around the library and lecture halls, and get a good visual idea of where your son or daughter could be learning. Taking photos can also be useful when it comes to your son or daughter making their final choices. If they’re attending a number of open days, then sometimes they can all blur into one - encourage them to take photos and notes from the day, in order to help them remember each one.

Open days are great opportunities to have any questions and queries answered, so encourage your son or daughter to talk to our lecturers, student ambassadors, and support representatives – as well as their subject, they’ll get good advice and guidance on student finance, accommodation, and our student support services.

Encourage your son or daughter to come and see for themselves what makes NTU one of the UK's most popular universities - follow the link to book a place and find out more about our undergraduate open days

Open day advice for parents

Published on 28 September 2016

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