Virtual open days offer would-be students new way to visit University

A virtual open day offering prospective students from around the world the chance to experience greater interaction and learn more about courses, campus, and the community, in a pioneering way, has been launched at the University of Sheffield.


A one stop-online-shop covering everything prospective students might wish to know about the University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy – including the chance to tour buildings using pioneering panoramic internal Google Street View images – has been created for prospective students from the UK and abroad.

Working alongside traditional open days held throughout the year, the interactive open day offers a new way to explore the department featuring live web chats with academics and the students about their own experiences, from anywhere in the world.

Browsers are able to ‘walk’ the corridors of the department’s Hicks Building to see computing and work spaces without physically setting foot inside the building. The images boast enough detail to read the title of a book on a shelf.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching, Professor Paul White said: “The pioneering virtual open days are another great example of the University of Sheffield creating new ways for people to interact with us and find out more about the world-leading facilities, courses and teaching we offer.

“Virtual open days will allow more people than ever before to experience the University as well as allowing them to revisit the campus as often as they like. They offer even more opportunities to learn about this excellent establishment in addition to our already fantastic open day experiences.”

Fast facts accompany the seven key sections of the website which also include special features like a Sheffield student’s experience working at the CERN site where the Higgs Boson experiments took place.

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With nearly 25,000 of the brightest students from 117 countries coming to learn alongside 1,209 of the world’s best academics, it is clear why the University of Sheffield is one of the UK’s leading universities. Staff and students at Sheffield are committed to helping discover and understand the causes of things - and propose solutions that have the power to transform the world we live in.

A member of the Russell Group, the University of Sheffield has a reputation for world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines. The University of Sheffield has been named University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards 2011 for its exceptional performance in research, teaching, access and business performance. In addition, the University has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes (1998, 2000, 2002, 2007), recognising the outstanding contribution by universities and colleges to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life.

One of the markers of a leading university is the quality of its alumni and Sheffield boasts five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students. Its alumni have gone on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence all over the world, making significant contributions in their chosen fields.

Research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, Boots, AstraZeneca, GSK, Siemens, Yorkshire Water and many more household names, as well as UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

The University has well-established partnerships with a number of universities and major corporations, both in the UK and abroad.


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