Open Day FAQs

Here are a number of questions frequently asked by visitors planning to attend our Open Days.

Do I have to book to attend an open day?

Yes. All visitors should register for an open day in advance. Summer Open Days will take place on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd July 2021. We will be hosting Autumn Open Days and these dates will be released after the July events. 

Will I receive confirmation of my booking?

Yes. Within 24 hours of registering for an open day you will receive a confirmation email giving additional programme information and travel advice. If you do not receive a confirmation email please ensure that you have entered all your details correctly. It might also be useful to check your ‘junk’ or ‘spam’ folders. All further communications regarding our open days will also be sent via email. If you have any questions about this please contact openday@contacts.bham.ac.uk 

Do I need to check-in on the day?

All visitors are required to register their attendance on the day. All registered visitors will receive an email from us with your own personalised event information, you can self check in on the day via the links that will be included in your text message and email on the day. When you arrive on campus and if your having trouble checking in please visit one of our check-in/information points and they will be able to help you oin the day

How do I plan my day?

In order for you to maximise your day and booking your sessions, please allow a little bit of time to get from one part of campus to another. Our campus is one of the largest in the UK and it can take 10/15 minutes to walk from one side of campus to the other. We will be as flexible as possible on the day, however it is important you stick to your allotted times in order to allow for all guests to maximise the opportunity on campus. 

When selecting sessions, please make sure you do not book any session clashes across the day. You will only be able to access the sessions that you have registered for in advance and on the times that you have registered for them. This is due to the current government restrictions in place and to maximise the opportunities for vistiors on campus. 

I can't find any activity for my subject of interest?

Subjects have limited availability for some activities to keep in line with Goverment guidance. It may be that your subject is at capacity.

Do I need the track and trace app live?

We recommend that all visitors to the University have downloaded the NHS Covid-19 App prior to their visit and ensure your Bluetooth is enabled for the duration of the visit. Please be aware that all catering areas and some buildings across the University will require checking in via the NHS Covid-19 App.

Do I need to have a Lateral Flow test to attend?

No, we are not asking to see negative Covid-19 test results but as per Government advice we are recommending that you take a rapid lateral flow test in advance of attending the event. You can find more information on the NHS website.

Do I need to wear a face mask?

We do advise that you bring a face mask with you as all visitors, unless exempt, are required to wear face coverings, inside all University buildings at all times. If your activity is taking place outside you do not need to wear a mask.

When wearing a face covering you should:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before putting a face covering on
  • avoid wearing on your neck or forehead
  • avoid touching the part of the face covering in contact with your mouth and nose, as it could be contaminated with the virus
  • change the face covering if it becomes damp or if you’ve touched it
  • avoid taking it off and putting it back on a lot in quick succession (for example, when leaving and entering buildings)

When removing a face covering you should:

  • wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before removing
  • only handle the straps, ties or clips
  • do not give it to someone else to use
  • if single-use, dispose of it carefully in a residual waste bin and do not recycle
  • if reusable, wash it in line with manufacturer’s instructions at the highest temperature appropriate for the fabric
  • wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser once removed

Will I receive a programme or other information before an open day?

All information is sent via email and you will not receive any communications through the post. In addition to an email confirming your registration you will receive an email with a link to access the online programme. This will contain essential pre-arrival information including travel information, and advice on making the most of your day. Your event ticket to check-in on the day will also be emailed to you. Please refer to the above section 'Do I need to check-in on the day?'

Where can I get a programme?

We will not have any printed programmes in place on the day, however you can pick up a campus map at any of the information points throughout campus. 

Can I bring family and friends?

We are limiting guests to 1 per students registered for the days due to the current government guidance and the restrictions in place on capacities at events. Please refer to your RSVP page for more information about accessing buildings and sessions on the day. 

How do I get to the University of Birmingham?

The University is located in Edgbaston, south of the city centre. Whether you're travelling to the University by car or public transport, there are many ways of getting here.  

Where can I park and how much is it?

We strongly recommend, where possible, for visitors to use public transport to reach the University. Parking on campus is currently very limited due to several major building projects that are taking place as part of our campus redevelopment so we cannot guarantee a parking space will be available.

For further information on travelling to the University please visit:

 - Open Day travel and parking information

Do I need to book to attend a session?

Yes, all of the activity on the day needs to be prebooked in advance. This is in order to manage social distancing and also manage the numbers of visitors in indoor spaces at any one time.  You can review your bookings via the RSVP page. 

Can I attend more than one subject?

Yes. Many visitors will be interested in more than one subject and it is entirely up to you which sesssions you book to attend. If it is not possible to attend sessions for all the subjects you are interested in, staff and students will be available to answer questions throughout the day.

Can we see inside the student accommodation?

Unfortunately we are not able to let you see inside our accommodation as we have students living with us. You are welcome to walk around the Vale Village accommodation site and speak to our student ambassadors about the accommodation we offer. You can also view our 360 virtual accommodation tours which show the inside of the flats.

 

Can I go on a campus tour?

Yes. Guided walking tours of the main campus take place throughout the day and are bookable via your RSVP link. They are taking place every 15 minutes from 9:00 until 15:30 from the Green Heart Marquee. 

Do you have disabled access? 

We encourage students with disabilities to visit and study at the University and have implemented a programme of accessibility adaptations on campus. All new buildings and major conversions are being designed with accessibility in mind. A mobility map giving an overview of the Edgbaston campus showing the main access routes for wheelchair users is available on the day from all check-in/information points and the Aston Webb Reception (building R6).

Disability and Learning Support Office

Where can I stay overnight?

The University’s hotel is the closest option for overnight stays. Located on campus, Edgbaston Park Hotel is just ten minutes’ walk from University station and 15 minutes’ walk from the main campus. Parking is free for hotel guests.

Find out more about Edgbaston Park Hotel
View alternative hotels at the Visit Birmingham website

What happens if I can’t attend an open day?

If you are unable to attend an open day there are other opportunities to visit the University. We run campus tours most Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the year and a place for these can be booked online.

We hope you have found the information you need, should you have any further queries please contact the Student Recruitment and Marketing team:

Student Recruitment and Marketing
Email: openday@contacts.bham.ac.uk