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Meet The Russell Group V-Fair Guide

Lockdown and studying at home doesn’t mean you can’t explore your post-18 options. The Russell Group Universities (in association with UK University Search) have all collaborated to bring you an exciting free virtual fair on Wednesday February 10th. Attendees will be able to speak directly with ALL 24 Russell Group Universities, go on virtual university tours, and participate in 13 live webinars all from the safety of home.

Please ensure that you have registered for the event online using the link below, on the day of the event you can log into the fair using the username and password you created when registering.

Meet The Russell Group Virtual Event - Wednesday February 10th - 12:00-19:00

How Does The Event Work?

The Meet The Russell Group Event consists of two areas, an Exhibition Hall and an Auditorium.

In the Exhibition Hall you can visit stands for different universities, colleges and apprenticeship providers. At each stand, you can view information about the exhibitor, download documents, view videos, visit their website, and chat to their representatives or ambassadors live to receive answers to any questions you have. You will also be able to go on a virtual tour of each university by clicking on the link on their stand.

In the Auditorium, you can view 13 live webinars on a range of subjects, presented by different universities, colleges and apprenticeship providers. To see the webinar timetable, please click “Webinar Timetable” at the top of the event page, each webinar runs for 25 minutes and consists of a presentation followed by a Q&A session. During the live webinar you can ask questions in the chat and receive answers from the presenter, you do not need a webcam or a microphone. All of our webinars will be recorded, so if you miss one you can view the recording in the Auditorium for two weeks after the event.

For more information about logging in and for our safeguarding policy please see here.

Event Video

If you’d like to find out more about how the event works please see the YouTube video of the Autumn 2020 Meet The Russell Group Event which explains how you can navigate the event, speak to exhibitors, and search for specific universities and exhibitors.

What Can I Ask Universities?

Deciding where to go to university and what course to study is a big decision, you will be able to speak with current students and representatives from all 24 Russell Group universities to find out more about the courses they offer and life at each university.

As current restrictions mean you can’t visit universities in person it’s important that you take advantage of the live chats to get all the information you need to make informed decisions about your university options. Before the event, have a think about which universities you’d like to speak to and make a list of questions to ask to make sure you don’t forget to ask anything important. We’ve put together a list of example questions you can ask representatives to find out if the university is right for you.

Russell Group

  • How do Russell Group universities differ to non Russell Group universities?
  • Why should I consider a Russell Group over other universities?

University Life

You’re not going to spend all of your time at university studying, it’s important to ask questions about accommodation, facilities, and university life.

  • What bursaries and scholarships do you offer?
  • Can I bring a car?
  • Is first year accommodation guaranteed?
  • How many people do you have to share a flat with?
  • How expensive is the university town?
  • Where can I live in my second year?
  • What clubs can I join?
  • What’s the nightlife like in town?
  • What facilities do you have on campus? (banks, doctors, shops, etc.)
  • What type of events does the Student Union run?
  • What support is available to students?
  • Are part-time jobs in town easy to get?
  • What is public transport like?
  • Is it easy to make friends if you’re a commuter student?

Course Specific

You’re going to be spending at least three years of your life studying your subject so you need to make sure you pick the right course, and make sure you’re interested in your classes.

Entry Requirements & Applications

  • Does __ course require an interview?
  • What types of things do you look for in a personal statement?
  • What weight is given to predicted grades, work experience and UCAS personal statement?
  • How does __ course rank?
  • What are the entry requirements for _____?
  • Do students need to have work experience?
  • How lenient are you if students miss a grade?
  • What can I do to make my application stand out?

General Course

  • When are your virtual open days?
  • What types of modules are available?
  • What’s the split between lectures and independent studying?
  • How many students are in each class?
  • How will I be assessed?
  • Is there an opportunity to study abroad or take a placement year?
  • How does the university perform in UK and global rankings?
  • What are graduates from this course doing now?
  • What kind of careers guidance is available to helps students get internships during their studies?
  • Does the university have connections with employers?


Whilst universities ask for specific grades or UCAS points, not all universities accept certain subjects, and can sometimes offer lower grade requirements depending on the applicant’s circumstances.

  • Do you offer Access To University programmes?
  • Do you offer Contextual Offers?
  • How do I prepare for my interview?
  • Do you offer Masterclasses for extra UCAS points?
  • Do you accept General Studies?
  • If I miss my predicted grades, what are the chances of being accepted?


  • Will you take into account how Covid-19 has made getting work experience difficult?
  • Will you be more lenient with required grade due to exams being cancelled?
  • How have you supported your students throughout the pandemic?
  • Are you planning on resuming in person teaching next Autumn?
  • Can I defer my course/how can I do so?
  • When is your equal consideration deadline?

Questions to ask current students

  • What’s your favourite & least favourite thing about the university?
  • Why did you pick this university?
  • What do you wish you knew before you applied to the university
  • What support have you received from your lecturers?
  • Which halls would you recommend?
  • How easy is it to find second-year accommodation?
  • Do you have any advice for writing a personal statement?
  • What’s your monthly budget?

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