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Meet The Russell Group Virtual Event Guide

We are back with our extremely popular “Meet the Russell Group” Virtual Event on Wednesday 29th September from 12:00 - 19:00 (BST). If you didn’t have a chance to attend our previous fairs and are interested in learning a bit more about the Russell Group universities, this Virtual Fair is perfect for you. This is an event you definitely don’t want to miss, as we are pleased to welcome all 24 UK Russell Group Universities. Not to mention we have 3 very exciting Warm-Up Webinars, to make sure you are well prepared for the event. Learn about applying to a Russell Group university, find out why you should choose a Russell Group university and gain a real insight into what student life is like at a Russell Group university.

In the lead up to the event, you will no doubt have a few questions about how the fair works, what you can do and what you should expect. Read below to learn more about the Virtual Fair structure, and what you can expect from our online event.

Before we continue - if you have not signed up for the event yet, please sign up here.

How Does It All Work?

The Meet the Russell Group Fair is split into two main sections; the Auditorium and the Exhibition Hall. Throughout the Exhibition Hall you will have the opportunity to attend a variety of stalls from universities across the country. Even though you may not be at the individual universities in person, the interactive stalls will ensure you have a proper glimpse into student life at each university. With prospectuses to download, virtual campus tours to attend and even the ability to live chat with student ambassadors, any question you have is sure to be answered. As all 24 Russell Group universities will be attending, you will have the opportunity to speak directly with representatives from universities around the country.

In the Auditorium, you will have the opportunity to attend live and interactive webinars on a variety of topics. If you want to learn how to construct a competitive personal statement, or application advice for applying to Russell Group universities, check out the 13 webinars that will be on throughout the day. These will be 25 minutes long and you will be able to ask questions throughout with the “Chat” feature, and after every seminar there will be a Q&A session. This will all be conducted via the “Chat” feature and so you will not need to have a webcam or microphone to use throughout the webinars. You can view the webinar timetable here.

If you happen to miss a webinar while you are browsing through the other stalls - worry not! All webinars will be recorded and available to view for 2 weeks after the event until Wednesday 13th October.

For more information about the process and our Safeguarding Policy please click here.

Speaking to Exhibitors

One of the main benefits of attending the Virtual Fair is the ease of access to universities from across the UK. You do not need to head all the way across the country to speak to a student ambassador at their open day. From the comfort of your own home, you will be able to speak directly to University representatives and student ambassadors at the 24 Russell Group universities. They will be available throughout the day to answer any and every question you may have.

So, what should you ask?

It’s important to prepare before the day, to ensure that every concern or question you had about your prospective universities is answered. You don’t want to leave the fair wishing you had asked better questions. To help you compile your list of key questions to ask, we have included a selection below. Be sure to tailor every question to your specific needs and concerns. If the answer is not online, then it’s a good indicator that that is a great question to ask.

Examples of Questions You Can Ask Universities
Course Specific

Picking a university course is no easy decision. This is something that you will dedicate 3-4 years of your life to. It’s important to find out as much as you can about any prospective courses, and what makes them stand apart from other universities.

Entry Requirements & Applications

You can find out most information about courses and entry requirements by visiting the universities' websites, try to use the virtual events to discover information that isn't widely available online.

  • 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?
  • 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?
  • Do you offer a wide range of courses via Clearing?
  • How likely is it to be accepted onto a course via Adjustment?
General Course
  • When are your virtual open days?
  • Are you running any application webinars?
  • 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 help students get internships during their studies?
  • Does the university have connections with employers?
University Life

You have a whole life outside of your degree! It’s important to ask questions about accommodation, facilities, and university life to know which university experience will be best suited to you.

  • 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 are flatmates assigned?
  • 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?
  • What mental health support does the university offer?

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?
  • Do you have any tips for getting work experience during Covid-19?
  • Will you be more lenient with required grades 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?
  • How do Russell Group universities differ from non Russell Group universities?
  • Why should I consider a Russell Group University over other universities?
Questions to ask Current Students

Current university students are the best people to speak to find out information you can't get from a prospectus. They were once in your shoes so will be able to offer helpful advice and insights into the university.

  • 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?
  • On average, how many contact hours do you have?

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