All paths lead to the UWS Open Day

Open Day 2012

Open Day is a highlight of the University's annual calendar that provides insight into what it's like to study at UWS. Whether students know exactly where they're headed in their future career path, have options to weigh up, or are still looking for the right pathway to university – UWS Open Day is the place to be.

Open Day will feature around 70 presentations from all of the Schools and discipline areas across the University and academic staff will be available for one-on-one consultations, so students can get the inside view by speaking to someone who actually teaches the courses they are interested in.

As well as course advice, at Open Day there will also be presentations on student support services, scholarships, student exchange opportunities and most importantly, how to apply and important dates in the admissions process.

Advisers will also be on hand to answer specific questions from non-school leavers, Indigenous students and students with disabilities.

A strong focus of UWS is increasing participation in Greater Western Sydney, and for those who don't get into the course of their choice straight away, the University will showcase their many pathway programs on the day.

Highlights of the 2012 Open Day will be:

  • Back by popular demand – a guided tour of the Female Orphan School, Australia's oldest three-storey public building.
  • Hawkesbury Lane and the Science Display will showcase amazing programs from the Science and Health area of study and will include, 'Slime making', a titration competition and a reptile display.
  • UWSCollege – the University's pathways college – will have a large presence at Open Day. UWSCollege programs provide students with pathways to a degree at UWS, particularly those who may not have secured the ATAR required for direct entry to their preferred UWS course, but who could succeed at university, if given the opportunity along with the relevant support.
  • Get interactive – there will be live music performances by UWS music students, food tasting, arm plastering, a forensics display (created in association with NSW Police) and the outside broadcast van from the School of Communication Arts.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Entertainment and Culture – come and experience Australian Aboriginal culture and find out what UWS has to offer through the Badanami Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education, such as: specialised undergraduate and postgraduate courses and the Alternative Entry Program and Academic/Student Support. Also, enjoy the entertainment and culture workshops including traditional Aboriginal dancers, boomerang displays, traditional basket weaving workshops and bush tucker tastings.
  • Frank Hurley: Journeys into Papua Photographic Exhibition – experience the evocative images of one of the greatest Australian photographers of the 20th century. This touring exhibition features a fascinating selection of Frank Hurley's images of his expeditions to Papua between 1921 and 1923 – an important historical record of our Pacific neighbour at a time of great political, technological and social change. Hosted by the Whitlam Institute at UWS, entry is free for Open Day visitors.
  • Enjoy live music and entertainment all day, as well as face painting, temporary tattoos and a petting zoo for any young visitors who might come along too.

After registering online, a personal itinerary can be printed for the day so students can maximise their Open Day experience.

If presentations are full, or if students are unable to attend a particular session, one-on-one sessions with academic advisers will be available in buildings EB and EE throughout the day. Alternatively, there will be a number of workshops streamed live online that can be accessed as they happen.

Parking: On the day, parking will be available only at Rosehill Racecourse. There will be a free, regular shuttle service to take people from Rosehill to the campus and back and between Parramatta station and the campus.

WHAT: UWS Open Day 2012
WHEN: 10:00am - 2:00pm, Sunday 265 August, 2012
WHERE: UWS Parramatta campus, Corner James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road, Rydalmere


14 August 2012

Photo: Sally Tsoutas

Contact: Kristy Gleeson, Media Officer