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WIT announces two virtual open days for 20 and 21 November 2020

WIT studentsWaterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is to run two virtual open days next week (20 and 21 November) to help prospective undergraduate students and adult learners with their going to college questions. The virtual open day will be accessible via www.wit.ie/open

The launch of a new virtual campus tour for the online open days will be for many the first exclusive insight into the Sunday Times Institute of Technology of the Year 2021 since Government restrictions were introduced last year.

Marketing and outreach officer at WIT, John Power explains how this open event will differ from other events. “What we have found from running previous virtual open days is that the people who attend are those who really want to engage with the days. We have made a huge effort to make sure that they will have as much to engage with as they would an in-person open day. The fact it is taking place online allows for a wider amount of people from across the country to participate and explore their study options.”

Last year over 1,600 of the 5,000 plus new higher education-going students in the region in 2019, or almost 1 in 3 (30%) chose WIT.

On Friday, 20 November from 12pm to 4pm the traditionally schools focused open event will be targeted mainly at people interested in WIT’s 70 CAO courses including three brand new courses and its common entry course offering.

On Saturday 21 November from 12pm to 4pm lecturers, staff and students will be on hand again to deliver specialist talks and answer queries on all aspects of college life and course choices from everyone from school leavers to adult learners looking to boost their career prospects.

A big part of each virtual open day is the chance to talk with lecturers who deliver on undergraduate programmes and the support staff from right across the institute. “Online each day you can chat with staff from our admissions, schools liaison, outreach, fees and grants, accommodation and student life and learning departments,” he adds.

The online open day experience will closely map an in person open day. When people arrive to the dedicated web space they will be able to ask for directions to where they should go by going to the Help Desk. “Just like pre-pandemic open days visitors to open days have a choice of talks to attend and the chance to ask questions of lecturers, staff and students. The addition of booths in an online exhibition place complete with course flyers and people to chat to means that people who want to explore specific areas will have access to the same people and resources albeit online,” he adds.

The timing of the virtual open days are crucial for CAO applicants – the countdown is on to the 20 January early bird CAO registration deadline. In addition for part-time, postgrad, Springboard and flexible learning students there are a number of courses with a January start.


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