On the threshold of a world of opportunities

March 9th, 2011

Thousands of people discovered things they never knew they didn’t know at last year’s community open day at The University of Nottingham!

The fun, interactive annual event draws visitors from across the county all with one thing in common — an enquiring mind. And the good thing is, it’s all free.

This year, May Fest 2011 seeks to draw in people from the local community while welcoming back former staff and students.

Gunpowder experiments, a thunder and lightning show and the chance to have a go at archery were just a few of the things on offer at last year’s community event.

This year’s event promises more science experiments, sociological debates, sporting activities and community projects. Visitors can explore science labs and chat with academics about the world-leading research being carried out on their doorstep.

Experts will explain the part engineering plays in your everyday life with activities for the whole family, while Community Health Sciences will run Steps to Active Kids — getting youngsters involved in interactive street dance sessions.

Other attractions include Eco House tours, tours of the University’s extensive gardens and brain games with the School of Psychology. The Archaeology Museum and the Vet School will both be putting on activities, as will Modern Languages, who will be running their popular one-stop language shop again.

The University is a major employer in the region and visitors will be able to find out about job and study opportunities through jobs and adult learning stalls.

The community open day runs from 11am to 5.30pm on Saturday 7 May at University Park campus.

Most activities are in or around the Portland Building, with a campus hopper bus available to transport visitors to events across campus.

May Fest 2011 also aims to encourage former students and staff to return to the University to recognise the part they’ve played in its past — and can continue to play in its future.

These alumni visitors have the option — at some extra cost — of being able to take a look around their old Schools, Departments and Halls or Residences, enjoy a Golden Reunion lunch and a gala dinner with Alumni Laureate Awards, and take a campus coach tour. They can meet current staff and students and help celebrate the University’s ongoing success.

May Fest 2011 is organised by the University’s Corporate Events team, in conjunction with the Community Partnerships (CP) team. CP, who were behind the launch of the community open day, develop relationships with the local community, from schools and businesses to civic bodies and the public.

Alumni visitors are also invited to attend an optional brunch on Sunday 8 May. For more details, visit www.nottingham.ac.uk/mayfest/index.aspx

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