Bumper Open Day as Western Sydney University opens its doors to the community
Expect a buzz of excitement when Western Sydney University welcomes thousands of prospective students, their families and friends to Open Day on Sunday 14 August – the first opportunity for an on-campus Open Day since the pandemic.
With plenty to see, learn and do, prospective students can get a first-hand look at why Western Sydney University was recently named number one in the world for its social, ecological and economic impact by the prestigious Times Higher Education Impact rankings.
As part of the return-to-campus celebrations, the University is opening up to the community its new $300 million Engineering Innovation Hub for the first time. Located in the heart of Parramatta, the technology-infused vertical campus is focused on innovation in engineering, architecture and the built environment – delivering world-class education, research and collaboration with business and industry.
Western Sydney University will be fully immersed within the Parramatta CBD, with all three of its Parramatta-based locations open and activated – showcasing how the University is deeply embedded in the economic, civic and cultural life of the western Sydney region.
Visitors to Open Day 2022 can expect a warm and welcoming atmosphere with food trucks, live music, prizes and giveaways, interactive displays and chill-out spaces, together with helpful course advice, opportunities to talk with current students and lecturers, and tours of state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities.
Panel discussions featuring current students will provide helpful tips and advice about the student experience, and there will also be plenty of opportunities to find out more about the huge range of student clubs and societies on offer at the University.
Those considering upskilling or switching careers can find out more about the University’s wide range of flexible, industry-relevant credentials and short courses that best suit their professional needs, while school leavers can learn about early offer pathways like the highly-successful HSC True Reward program.
Friendly faces on hand to help people get the most out of their Open Day experience include students like Nicola Lopino, who is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours).
“I would absolutely recommend that people attend Open Day at Western - and not just high school students, but anyone considering tertiary study. After the challenges of the past few years, it is an exciting opportunity to see university life back in full swing on campus, and one of the best ways to help prospective students gain a clear vision of their potential,” said Nicola.
“Attending Open Day was the pivotal moment for me; where my future goals were clear to me for the first time. I had the opportunity to check out the University’s facilities and speak to academics and current students in psychology that ultimately helped me decide that this was the field for me.”
Prospective students will have a comprehensive program of activities to choose from, all featured for ease in an event App where they can plan their day.
For those who can’t make it to campus, Western Sydney University is bringing Open Day to them. A highly-interactive digital experience will complement the physical event, with livestreaming, web chats, virtual campus tours and more.
Sustainability will be a key feature of the event to minimise waste and go easy on the environment, including refillable water stations available for all to enjoy and all signage used on the day to be reusable or recyclable.
Getting to Open Day and moving between all three campuses will also be seamless, with the sites accessible and linked by public transport, shuttle bus or within walking distance, so visitors can enjoy the lively surroundings of the bustling Parramatta Square precinct.
To register or for more information visit the Open Day web page (opens in a new window).
1 August 2022
Photo credit: Sally Tsoutas
Top 5 Things to Ask at Open Day
Western Sydney University student and Student Services Hub team member, Nicola Lopino has provided the top 5 things to ask at Open Day. Figuring out the right course for you can sometimes be a daunting experience, so being prepared with questions to ask on the day can help prospective students feel at ease.
1. What’s involved in this program?
Western has hundreds of programs on offer – both undergraduate and postgraduate. If you find one that takes your fancy, don’t be afraid to ask about it! The staff and students involved in that program can help you decide if that’s the program for you, your interests, and your goals.
2. What sort of careers can this program lead me to?
If you have a particular career goal, or if you have an interest but you’re not sure where it can take you, our staff and students on campus can help you find out what your future could look like, depending on what you study!
3. What can I expect from university life?
At Open Day, there will be plenty of current staff and students on campus who have insight into the university experience! It’s a great way to learn about what to expect when you study at Western, beyond the classes and study. Student clubs, sporting teams, social outings – you name it!
4. What kind of support services are available at Western?
Students at Western have access to a wide range of services to help them through their studies, including disability support, financial assistance, and mental health programs. Open Day is a great opportunity to learn how you and your studies can be supported.
5. How can I apply?
In experiencing Open Day and learning about Western’s range of programs, you may have decided what you want to study! There are friendly staff on campus at Open Day who can help you put this motivation into action, and make your application to study at Western in 2023.