Higher Education Fair celebrates 30 years
employed.im will be attending the annual Isle of Man Higher Education Fair as it marks 30 years of bringing together students and universities.
The Thirtieth Isle of Man Higher Education Fair will take place on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th June, at Ballakermeen High School. The school runs this annual event to ensure that all the Island’s students have the best information about university choices.
Each year, the school invites universities and other institutions of Higher Education to the Island to meet Manx students and their parents and carers. Young people who are considering the next stage of their education can ask specific questions of university and college representatives. This year around 70 organisations will attend.
The Conference opens on Thursday 16th June at 7.00 pm in the Studio Theatre at Ballakermeen with presentations by Jane Murphy from the University of Huddersfield and Andrea Bourne from the University of York. They will be addressing parents and students about the application process for higher education. They will also be commenting on the different types of institutions and the variety and types of courses on offer. This year Gail Corrin from the University College of Man will also give a presentation.
Following this briefing, from 7.30 pm onwards parents and students will be able to talk individually to the representatives from each university and higher education institution in the school’s sports hall, to get advice and information.
The Thursday night session is open to students from Year 10 upwards and their parents. During the day on Friday 17th June, all of the post-16 students from the Island’s schools will be attending, as will students from the Isle of Man College. Members of the public interested in applying to university as mature students, or recent ‘A’ Level students who chose not to attend university after their examinations, are all welcome to attend either session.
The event will also be extremely useful for Year 11 students. It will enable them to gain some idea of the requirements of the courses for which they will be applying in just over one year’s time. This will be helpful in making their final choice of post-16 course, as many courses have specific ‘A’ level requirements. The Friday sessions take place from 9.15am – 12.00pm and 1.15pm – 2.45pm.
Speaking last year about the highly regarded event, Ballakermeen's Headteacher Adrienne Burnett comments, "The conference has grown in strength, partly as a result of contacts we have established with the colleges and universities. The main reason, however, is word of mouth, as delegates pass on the benefits of coming to the Isle of Man conference to their colleagues. It is not just the hospitality that attracts them; they see the Island’s students as excellent candidates for admission. They are particularly impressed by how articulate they are, the clarity of their questions and the fact that many of them have already carried out a substantial amount of research into their future options. We are delighted that, in the face of cuts to universities’ budgets, so many delegates have decided to attend our event for the first time this year.
‘As well as advice from individual institutions, we offer general advice during the introductory talks. Other bodies attending include theological colleges and Christian gap year opportunities; Student Awards and the Careers Service. Also attending will be Study Option, a firm endorsed by the Department of Education and Children for organising gap year experiences in Australia and New Zealand. I would consider the conference to be a ‘one-stop-shop’ to meet all the needs of an aspiring higher education student and one not to be missed."