Do university open days really matter?


It’s that time of year again when universities open their doors and give you a chance to go along to find out more about their midwifery course.

You will get the opportunity to speak to current students and teaching staff who will be sharing their experiences with you, and answer any niggling questions that you might have.

Go and explore the facilities

University buildingLook at this opportunity like viewing a house, it’s just as much about you going to ask the questions and find out more, but also the university ‘selling themselves’ to you.

They will know that it is likely that you have applied to several universities and this is their chance to demonstrate why they are different, what they can offer and why they should be the top of your UCAS list. At the end of the day, they want to teach the passionate and dedicated student midwives and so they will be looking for you on that day!

Taster day versus open day

Some universities may just offer a generic open day where you can go and look round the campus. For others, they may offer a taster day and this is something I would thoroughly recommend that you attend – they may even offer you a chance to have some hands on experience within a skills lab! a fantastic opportunity that only strengthens your application.

“I remember going to my first uni open day and it gave me the chance to find out what I needed to do (an Access course!) and gave me the drive to start my journey to achieve that goal of applying.”


It’s a big decision

“You have to find the right match for you!”

For anyone that is applying for midwifery, we know this is not always an easy decision, there are financial implications to becoming a student again, how your family life might differ, your social life might need to be a planned in advanced and for some, daunting the thought of 3 years studying for a degree.

You have to find the right match for you whether that is the sort of course that is offered, the structure, the birth rate, you want to pick somewhere that really interests you.

Are you driven to apply to a university because it is the closest one to home, its reputation for world class research, or because you want to relocate somewhere completely different? Make sure you know a bit about where you are going to see so you can make the most of it.

Take the time to network

You may even meet someone there that might be on your interview panel or someone that will end up in cohort that becomes your lifelong friend. The best thing is that you are all there because you really want to be a midwife, so you all have a shared interest and we know that midwives can talk!

So, in answer to the question ‘ Do university open days really matter?’ I would say they absolutely DO!

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Emily Seddon

Emily is a midwife with many years of experience. She is passionate about supporting midwives of the future. As a clinical mentor, student link and being on university interview panels, she knows what it takes to get a place!

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