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University fairs are a great tool for prospective students. These events give students the opportunity to meet university representatives and discuss their degree programmes, university life, and pick up some resources to take home with them.


In June 2016, Acorn House College organised its very first University Fair. It was a wonderful opportunity for students to get in touch with the universities they’re interested in and to meet experts in higher education. The fair was not only open to Acorn House College students, but to external students as well, making it an engaging event for everyone from the local area.

Missed out on the event? Don’t worry! You can find all our useful information below.


As well as hosting a dozen top UK universities, four guest speakers gave free talks about how to gain a place at your desired university, life as an undergraduate, and a variety of other higher education focus areas. Just under a hundred students visited on the day and seized the opportunity to make first connections with university representatives and gain an insight into degree programmes and application processes. 

We would like to thank all the university representatives who came to Acorn House College and provided invaluable guidance to our students.

If you would like to find out more about life at Acorn House College and our wide range of options for university support, please call us on +44 (0)20 8571 9900 or get in touch using the contact form on the left.


Speaker Sessions

During the fair we hosted free talks from four guest speakers – experts in higher education – to guide students on essential questions regarding academia.

Top 5 Ways To Start A Successful Medical Application

John Wilson, Principal of Acorn House College, drew upon his experience as a lay member of the Medical School admissions panel for undergraduate entry at UCL, Imperial, and Queen Mary University in London, to share his 5 definitive tips for applying to competitive Medical Sciences degrees. 

 View the PDF of the presentation


Plan Your Summer For A Successful Personal Statement

A strong Personal Statement is the keystone of a successful application to any competitive university. Afua Kudom, Head of Schools at Oxbridge Applications, offered a practical workshop on how students can use the summer to build experience and evidence of independent learning, and how they can begin to bring this together in a truly outstanding Personal Statement. 

 View the PDF of the presentation

Considering Oxbridge? Ask Yourself These Two Questions

Applying to the world-famous universities of Oxford or Cambridge is a considerable undertaking, but with the right guidance and preparation, students can maximise their chances of success. Rebecca Williams gave a talk on how students can begin preparing now, drawing on her experience as Head of Oxbridge Applications, the leading company worldwide offering students expert guidance on the Oxbridge admissions process.  

View the PDF of the presentation

All You Need to Know About Student Life in London

Aathavan Selvarajah

Students studying in London get a unique experience. With over 40 higher education institutions to choose from, there is a wealth of opportunity for school leavers. Aathavan Selvarajah knows the London university scene inside out, having studied Financial Economics at City University, London. Now a member of the Undergraduate Recruitment team for City, Aathavan’s insights gave students a picture of what their undergraduate years will be like if they choose to study in London.                                                              

Aathavan Selvarajah declined to have his talk posted.

Preparing for the Higher Education Fair

To make sure you get the most of your time at the fair, we have compiled some common questions you might want to think about before you attend.

General Questions

  • Which universities offer the course you want to take, and how do they rank?   
  • How are you going to finance your studies, will you need financial support or a bursary?
  • Do you want to stay close to home or apply to universities far away as well?


Course Specific Questions

  • What do the course modules involve?
    • Are they core or optional modules?
  • Does the course require any examinations or it is all assignment based or both?
  • What careers do the graduates of that course usually go onto?

University Specific Questions

  • Research the universities which do the courses you are looking for.
  • Where are they in the UK? Are they close/far from home?
  • What are the entry requirements for the courses you have selected?


General Tips

  • Don’t just go for the freebies on the tables (pens, badges, etc.), speak to the university representative. 
  • Don’t be shy to approach the stand. The university staff is there to help and answer your questions.
  • Be selective with collecting information and prospectuses. Don’t take what you don’t need.