New virtual open day for postgraduate researchers

   
   
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The University of Nottingham has launched its new Postgraduate Research Virtual Open Day – one of the first of its kind in the country.

This huge resource of information - which will feature interactive web chats with academics - is a one stop shop for the growing number of postgraduates from all over the world who are applying for places at the University.

Applications for postgraduate research at The University of Nottingham have increased by 30 per cent over the last three years.  Whether they have made an application or if they want to find out more about applying and what life is like on campus postgraduate researchers can find out almost everything they need to know by using the new virtual open day website: www.nottingham.ac.uk/pg-virtualopenday
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With videos, podcasts, campus tours and guides, the virtual open day is packed with information about the facilities, campus life and the specialist support and guidance that is available to postgraduate researchers at The University of Nottingham.

Nathalie Thomas, UK Recruitment and Events Manager, said: “Our postgraduates come from all over the world which makes it very difficult for them to visit us before applying, or once they have applied, for a place. We wanted to make the University real to them by creating a virtual environment which they can visit whenever they chose.

“The application cycle for postgraduates is less structured than for undergraduates and the process of applying for university places, particularly for international students, can be daunting. This new website should make the whole process much easier and students will be better informed before making a final decision.”

The site includes information about visas and immigration for international students as well as details about accommodation and funding.

Professor Claire O’Malley, Dean of the Graduate School, said: “Postgraduate research is vital to the success of world leading universities like The University of Nottingham. The best quality PhD research comes from finding the right match between the student and the supervisor.  This innovative website will make that process much easier, especially for international students.”

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham, described by The Times as “the nearest Britain has to a truly global university”, has award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the QS World University Rankings. It was named ‘Europe’s greenest university’ in the UI GreenMetric World University Ranking, a league table of the world’s most environmentally-friendly higher education institutions, which ranked Nottingham second in the world overall.

The University is committed to providing a truly international education for its 39,000 students, producing world-leading research and benefiting the communities around its campuses in the UK and Asia.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranked the University 7th in the UK by research power. The University’s vision is to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health.

More news from the University at: www.nottingham.ac.uk/news

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More information is available from Nathalie Thomas on +44 (0) 115 8468283, nathalie.thomas@nottingham.ac.uk
Lindsay Brooke

Lindsay Brooke - Media Relations Manager

Email: lindsay.brooke@nottingham.ac.uk Phone: +44 (0)115 951 5751 Location: University Park

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