Explore and meet
When your students sign in to the virtual event, first they’ll arrive in the explore and meet area. From there, they can see all the universities, colleges, apprenticeship providers, and careers organisations that are exhibiting and choose which they’d like to find out more from. They’ll be able to:
- have 1:1 conversations with staff from universities, colleges, apprenticeship providers, and careers organisations
- find links to more information about courses and open days
- connect with universities, colleges, apprenticeship providers, and careers organisations on social media
- access helpful resources, such as digital prospectuses and accommodation information
Listen and attend
This is where our webcasts will take place. These are helpful seminars delivered by UCAS and exhibitors from the event. They cover useful information in more detail, to help your students understand their options and next steps. There will also be plenty of time at the end of each session to ask questions.
Connect and chat
Here your students can engage with other students, as well as universities, colleges, apprenticeship providers, careers organisations, and UCAS experts. There will be discussion boards where they can join in with conversations, or start their own threads if they’re looking to get ideas from other attendees.
Preparing for virtual exhibitions
Just as your students would have prepared for attending one of our face-to-face events, it’s a good idea for them to spend some time getting ready for our virtual events. They’ll need to know where to go, how to get the most from their time, and plan how to get the information they need.
Here are our tips for students on preparing to get the most from a virtual event:
- Arrange to be somewhere quiet where they’ll be undisturbed. While the event is taking place, there’ll be seminars to listen to, as well as information to read and conversations to get involved in. If they can’t be somewhere quiet, headphones will help them focus on what’s being said.
- Check they know how to enter the event. We’ll send them emails as the day of the exhibition approaches, with the link they need and details of how to sign in. They should read through these carefully, so they know what they’ll need to do.
- Make a plan of who they want to speak to. There will be lots of universities, colleges, apprenticeship providers, and careers organisations attending, so it’s a good idea to look through the exhibitor list in advance and make a list of those they might like to get more information from. One of the great things about these virtual exhibitions is the opportunity to discover different options they haven’t considered before, as they’re all available at the same time. We encourage your students to make the most of this and speak to as many organisations as they can, to help them get an idea of which could be the right one for them.
- Write a list of questions to ask. There will be the chance to speak to staff from universities, colleges, apprenticeship providers, and careers organisations, so having questions ready will mean students can get through as much as possible in the time they have.
As well as taking part on the day of the exhibition, your students will be able to return to the event for up to 30 days. This gives them the opportunity to watch any seminars they missed, and connect with any universities, colleges, apprenticeship providers, and careers organisations they’d now like to speak to.