A Guide to Open Days for Parents / Guardians

Visit the School of Management at Swansea University on October 13 and 27

Does your child want to study Business Management, Accounting and Finance, Economics or Marketing at University?

Do you want him/her to be taught by award winning lecturers and professors at Wales’ top University? Would you like them to graduate with excellent career-ready skills, making them attractive to future employers?

If so, look no further than Swansea University’s School of Management.

Studying at the School, you can be safe in the knowledge that they will receive an unrivalled education in state-of-the-art facilities. Your child will also live in contemporary accommodation with 24 hour security, just a stone’s through away from the School.

Sat within a cutting edge, £22m building on the Bay Campus, the School is renowned for its outstanding achievements, including:

  • Top 30 UK Business School for Research Excellence (REF 2014)
  • Top 10 for Research Impact (REF 2014)
  • Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Gold

Its multi-national community of students from over 60 countries and its industry collaborations with The Bevan Commission, Fujitsu, Greenaway Scott, AgorIP and Pfizer; make it a hub for innovative business partnerships with a global outlook.

If you want to experience the University for yourself, visit us at our Open Days on Saturday, October 13 and Saturday, October 27

Book your place at the October 13 Open Day

Book your place at the October 27 Open Day

Don’t forget to download Swansea University’s Open Day Guide App for extra info ahead of your visit!

Open Day Top Tips for Parents / Guardians

What is my role during the Open Day?

It’s important that your child is able to make their own decision about the University. Share any research you may have done with your child during your journey to campus but allow them to explore for themselves too. Although you need to feel comfortable that your child is in a safe environment and receiving the best education possible, it’s key that you empower your child to make the decision that’s right for them.

Should I ask my own questions during the day?

Absolutely. Any concerns you may have – do ask and the team will be more than happy to give you honest answers. However, encouraging your child to ask their own questions is also important. It will give them an opportunity to build a rapport with university staff and students. Taking a step back is key as you don’t want to embarrass your child in front of their peers, this is an important day for them.

Making a list of questions ahead of the day is always useful as you don’t walk away with any unanswered niggling concerns. Below are some examples of the questions you could ask:

  • How is the course taught? Through lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals?
  • Is the course exam based or are students assessed continuously throughout the year? Or is there a mixture?
  • What have past graduates gone on to do? Any success stories?
  • What would be your advice for students wanting to apply for the course? Is there a particular type of work experience you’d recommend?
  • Is there a year abroad or a year in industry option?
  • Is there a careers team at hand to help with sourcing work placements or jobs after graduating?
  • Do you offer any scholarships or bursaries?
  • Is there guaranteed accommodation for first year students? If so, is it near the School
  • What facilities are available on campus?
  • Is there security presence on campus?
  • What are the student support services like, if there were any issues with my child?
  • What is local transport like from campus into town or to Singleton campus?
  • What are the local opportunities for part-time work during term time?

If you're unable to attend an Open Day but would like the above questions answered, please e-mail: somundergrad@swansea.ac.uk 

How long should we stay at the Open Day?

Three to four hours is a good length in ensuring you see everything you need to and have all your questions answered. However, this may vary so don’t put pressure on yourselves to stay longer if you feel like you’ve seen everything you need to. It may be even worth visiting the surrounding areas if you have time! We’d recommend exploring:

  • The neighbouring beach, located just alongside the School of Management
  • Swansea City Centre
  • Mumbles
  • Gower – our favourite beaches include Caswell and Langland. If you fancy driving a little longer, Rhossili is beautiful and is frequently included in Top 10 worldwide rankings of best beaches across the globe

Open Day Checklist for Parents / Guardians

Open Day checklist

  • Allow enough time to park up and walk to the School of Management building
  • Familiarise yourself with the School of Management’s timetable - which will be available to view from here soon
  • Attend the School of Management’s Welcome Talks, along with course specific talks. Also be sure to attend the university-wide Welcome Talks at the Great Hall
  • Speak to academics
  • Speak to student ambassadors
  • Visit campus accommodation
  • Visit the campus amenities including The Core and Tafarn Tawe
  • Visit the library
  • Get information on the different societies within the University– we have over 120 and you never know what your child may be interested in
  • Make sure you factor in time to eat and enjoy the surroundings – there’ll be lots on offer!
  • If you have time, visit the surrounding areas to experience what it would really be like to live in this beautiful part of the world