Open Day attracts visitors from near and far

Michael Walsh, Dean of UCEN Manchester.

Visitors travelled across the country to speak to UCEN Manchester tutors about the wide selection of degree level courses and study options available.

Future students enjoyed a glimpse of their future careers at the second ever UCEN Manchester Open Day.

Visitors travelled from as far as Essex and Wolverhampton to attend Saturday’s event at Openshaw campus and speak to tutors from across all subject areas about the wide selection of degree level courses and study options available.

The Open Day saw a skilled demonstration held by Level 5 Special Effects and Make Up Artistry students Madelaine Williams and Paige Sully, while BA Hons student Joshua Probert showed off his work in animation and video games, and Phil Moody, Department Team Leader in HE and Adult Music, promoted the department’s latest music courses.

Adam Doyle travelled from Braintree, in Essex, to learn more about the Criminology and Public Services department. During his visit, he watched Rob Stocks, Departmental Team Lead, Sport and Public Services, take part in the gruelling 30 second Wingate test, which measures anaerobic capacity.

Adam said: “Attending the Open Day and seeing everything for myself has been very interesting and informative.

“I’m hoping to become a police officer so I’m mainly interested in Criminology, but it was really interesting seeing the Wingate test, exploring the science behind exercise and seeing how the body changes during it.”

Tutors from The Arden School of Theatre and Performing Arts explained their award winning acting and performing qualifications, and original designs from creative fashion, jewellery, art and photography students were on display. There were also talks in the Lecture Theatre from Stephen Brobbin, Guidance and Welfare Team Leader, The Manchester Film School, and Michael Walsh, Dean of UCEN Manchester.

Michael said: “UCEN Manchester had a fantastic launch in January and this latest Open Day was a way of building on our achievement rates. It gave our further education students and their families the opportunity to speak to tutors and find out what we offer.

“People travelled from across the country to see us on Saturday, and that is because of the quality of our courses. Our tutors created a vibrant experience for all our visitors and gave them a really warm welcome. We look forward to giving them an equally warm welcome as students.”