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University Open Day? We’ve got an app for that

UNIVERSITY NEWS LAST UPDATED : 06 OCTOBER 2010

Visitors to this year’s October Open Days at Birmingham City University will be able to use their mobile phones to tour the City North Campus.

The University will be trialling the use of barcodes which when scanned into a phone will display campus information. The barcodes called QR codes will be scattered around the City North Campus in Perry Barr to help visitors navigate the site.

QR codes are two-dimensional barcodes which are read using a scanner which can be downloaded to many modern mobile phones with internet access. Once the application is downloaded the scanner can be used to read barcodes using the phone's camera. The phone will then load a special web page containing information about that specific location. For more information visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QR_Code; to download a reader visit http://www.i-nigma.com/Downloadi-nigmaReader.html

The Open Days, which are being held on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 October, are an ideal opportunity to find out about higher education and the University’s wide range of full and part-time courses including foundation, undergraduate, postgraduate and professional qualifications.

Those who attend on either day will be able find out what Birmingham City University has to offer as well as take part in campus tours and a tour of the city.
Lyn Holder, Head of Outreach and Enquiry Management, said: “Our Open Days are a great way for potential students to gain an understanding of what we do at the University, they are also a good opportunity for those local students who don’t want to go further afield to study to see what we have to offer.

“Often, people don’t realise what is under their nose, therefore potential students from Birmingham and the surrounding areas may not appreciate what we have to offer, so our staff and students are looking forward to letting people know what the University is all about.”

At the heart of the Open Days will be a wide range of activities, exhibitions and presentations giving visitors the chance to meet staff and students. Potential students will also have the opportunity to find out more about the University and learn about the extensive range of courses.

Guided tours of the City North Campus will show off Birmingham City University’s facilities and on-site student accommodation. Visitors to this campus will also have the option of booking on to a fascinating tour of the city.

Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD) will also throw open the doors to its campus at Gosta Green, at the School of Jewellery in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter, at the Department of Art and at the Bournville Centre for Visual Arts.

The Faculty of Technology, Engineering and the Environment will also be open at Millennium Point where visitors can experience our range of courses in this area.

Visitors interested in a range of health related courses including Nursing and Radiography can also visit our City South Campus where they can view our state of the art facilities which include mock wards and a simulated operating theatre.

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