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University Roadshow set to visit more than 80 schools

The University Roadshow will be visiting schools and colleges throughout Ireland in the coming months

UNIVERSITIES are to help address future students' concerns about higher education post-Brexit when they visit schools this autumn.

Thousands of sixth form pupils have returned to their schools and colleges for the last time.

Most will face their final year with a mixture of excitement, anticipation and a little apprehension.

While some know exactly where and what they intend to study, many are still undecided about the future and anxious to learn more about what is available to them.

The University Roadshow will be visiting schools and colleges throughout Ireland in the coming months to help with decisions.

It was designed to provide answers to the many questions students will be asking, to alleviate fears and to make them aware of the wide range of courses available.

University Roadshow Director Fiona McGonagle said the aim was to provide advice with the added convenience that pupils do not have to leave their schools.

As well as providing information on a wide range of topics such as the application process, tuition fees, student loans, budgeting, career opportunities, every roadshow will also be attended by representatives from leading universities in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

"The Brexit vote, uncertainty about tuition fees together with the reduction in student numbers and subjects available in Northern Ireland's universities have all contributed to the concerns of students and their parents," Ms McGonagle said.

"Questions being asked include: Will Northern Ireland students still be able to study in universities in the Republic of Ireland and other EU countries? Will they still be able to avail of the lower fees and in some cases free tuition offered in many EU countries? These are some of the topics the University Roadshow team will address when they visit grammar and secondary schools in the coming months."

The roadshow launched in September 2016 and visits more than 80 post-primary schools every year. This year, more than 30 universities have signed up.

Julie Richardson, head of careers in Ballyclare High School and former Chair of the Northern Ireland Schools and Colleges Careers Association said: "Students and parents said they found the University Roadshow to be very useful and they particularly enjoyed talking to the many university representatives who attended. This added an extra dimension to the event and I really appreciate the efforts of the roadshow team who created such a great atmosphere for our students and delivered a successful event."

:: To arrange a visit or for further information please contact The University Roadshow Team at ER&M, by email or telephone 028 2075 1461.

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