Explore the futures that higher education can unlock at one of the University of Tasmania’s open days being held around the State over the next two weeks.

Executive Director of Marketing Jason Purdie said this year’s open days were for everyone, not just school leavers, and catered for the whole family.

Hobart will kick start things on Sunday, 5 August, from 10am until 3pm, followed by Launceston on Saturday, 11 August, and Cradle Coast on Sunday, 12 August.

“Our annual open days are a touchstone for families and prospective students, giving a sense of what the University has to offer in terms of teaching, research and campus life,” Mr Purdie said.

“These days have been known to change people’s lives, change their careers and change their outlook on life for the better.

“Whether you want to upskill, change your career or just fall in love with learning, the University is a study destination for everyone.”

Each campus will host a variety of events including course and scholarship advice spaces, an alumni lounge, research trail, accommodation tours, sporting activities and demonstrations.
“Our open days are geared to have a sense of energy and fun, with lots of engaging, hands-on activities, food and live entertainment,” Mr Purdie said.

“We’ll have course advisers on hand to discuss study options with you and a whole range of interactive sessions to attend.”

While the majority of Hobart’s open day events will be held at the Sandy Bay campus, a number of the University’s satellite campuses in the CBD will be open to visitors, including the Medical Sciences Precinct on Liverpool Street, the Hobart Apartments on the corner of Elizabeth and Melville Streets, the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) on Castray Esplanade and the recently opened Media School in Salamanca Place.

Shuttle buses travelling between venues will be available between 10am and 3pm on the day.

Highlights of Hobart’s Open Day will include:

• 1000 Food-Cans-For-Charity Challenge (Social Sciences Hangout beside the fountain, near Lazenby’s): Help Tasmanians doing it tough and bring your cans to the collection points. Chat to the team about how you can lead social change with a career in social work.

• Finding fluorescent proteins with Menzies (Medical Sciences Building): Join Dr Andy Flies to see how fluorescent proteins can light up our view of the immune system and cancer. In this hands-on activity, Andy will show how ‘glow in the dark’ proteins are being used to develop a vaccine for the Tasmanian Devil facial tumour disease.

• AMC Sailing Simulator (Engineering marquee – Grosvenor Crescent): Have you ever sailed a boat on land? Come and test your sailing skills with the AMC’s laser sailboat simulator and see if you can manoeuvre your way through the chaotic water traffic of Sydney Harbour.

• IMAS (Castray Esplanade): will be open 10am-4pm on Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5, as part of the Australian Antarctic Festival. Check out the new $6 million Autonomous Underwater Vehicle and the Virtual Reality headsets showing Tasmanian underwater ecosystems and marine mammals, plus more.

• Make The Fake News Competition (The Media School, Salamanca Place, Hobart): Create your own newspaper front page, littered with fake news, and add it to the wall at The Media School. Then test your media literacy by attempting to spot the real headlines among the chaos. Prizes will be awarded on the hour.

For more information, including programs visit www.utas.edu.au/open-day
Executive Director of Marketing Jason Purdie, Communications and Media Office University of Tasmania