Middlesex University played host to over 2500 north London school and college students yesterday, many getting a taste of campus life for the first time.
The year 12s, from Barnet, Enfield and Haringey, got the chance to meet universities from all over the UK along with experts and advisors from Middlesex.
And there were opportunities to relax too, with art exhibitions and interactive technology demonstrations in between talks on popular subject areas.
The North London Higher Education Fair, held on the Hendon campus, is one of the biggest education events in London and visitors were able to tour facilities like the Grove, the University’s new £80m centre for creative courses which opened in the autumn.
And for the first time, the campus was brought to life using technology called QR codes (barcodes) placed throughout the university on information stands, attractions and artwork, allowing young people with smart phones to scan the codes and receive information direct to their phone and it share with friends via Facebook or Twitter within seconds.
Also popular was the University's Big Red Sofa, introduced to meet the growing need for advice on national changes to fees and funding. The sofa can usually be found touring local schools, but was on hand at the fair providing a place for young people to relax and get advice about student life.
Middlesex University Head of Recruitment and Events Marta Topornicka said: "This is an exciting time for local year 12 students as choosing a University is one of the biggest decisions they will ever make. Our staff are now very experienced at discussing the issues that matter to students in 2012, like choosing a course that will help them get a great job, accessing loans or financial support, student social life and accommodation."
"Whether they were visiting information stands or joining our advisors for a chat on the big red sofa, north London's year 12s were given some great food for thought and will now be better informed about their options."