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Northumbria University pops-up in Leeds

2nd December 2015

Northumbria University is making it easier for people from Yorkshire to study its courses with two special events happening in Leeds on the same day.

Due to growing numbers of students from the Leeds, Doncaster and North and south Yorkshire areas, Northumbria University has decided to make it easier for potential students and tutors to meet with staff and find out more about the University.

Northumbria is taking its Open Day on the road with its first ever pop-up Open Day in the heart of Leeds city centre on Wednesday 9 December. On the same day, the University is also expanding its NU Entry points scheme into Yorkshire. The scheme gives students the opportunity to earn the equivalent of UCAS tariff points to help them to gain entry to the University.

The pop-up open day will see staff from Northumbria’s admissions, accommodation and student support and wellbeing teams travel to Leeds to talk to potential students about how to apply for courses and write persuasive personal statements. They will also give first-hand detail about the different types of accommodation and support available for people who study at Northumbria.

The pop-up Open Day will be held in The Leeds Club on Albion Place between 12.30pm-4.30pm.

Later that day, teachers and careers advisors are invited to attend the launch of the Northumbria University Supported Entry Scheme, known as NU Entry. The scheme is open to eligible year 12 students to encourage them to consider higher education and raise their aspirations.

The NU Entry scheme has been successfully running in 50 schools in the North East for four years and is now being expanded into Yorkshire for the first time. The scheme sees students completing a course that assesses the key competencies needed to be a successful student, such as teamwork, research and analysis and communication skills. Students who pass the course earn the equivalent of UCAS tariff points towards their applications for undergraduate courses at Northumbria.

Gilly Gosling-Bell, Head of Student Journey at Northumbria University, said: “As we are based in the heart of Newcastle, we have always been a popular university of choice for students from the Yorkshire area. The level of interest from the area led to us feeling that it would be beneficial to come down to Leeds and make ourselves available in person to potential students, teachers and careers advisors.

“This is the first time we have run a pop-up Open Day so we’re looking forward to meeting a lot of people and broadening our NU Entry scheme into the Yorkshire region.”

18-year-old Catherine Richards from Harrogate is in the first year of a Human Geography degree at Northumbria University and believes it is an excellent choice for people from Yorkshire to consider. She said: “Leeds is a great city, but when I was looking for a university it felt a bit too close to home, whereas Newcastle is a good distance away, yet still close enough to get home for visits.

“I absolutely love it at Northumbria and would recommend it to anyone. The University’s sporting facilities absolutely blew me away and I love my course which includes trips around the country and abroad – next year we get to go to Spain. I’m living in great halls which are just a short walk from the campus and the town centre which is ideal.

“I love how Northumbria is still a northern university – everyone is so friendly and Newcastle itself has a big city feel, but is really easy to get around and is just a couple of metro stops away from the coast. Coming here was definitely a good choice.”

To book your place to attend the Leeds pop-up open day, visit

For more information on Northumbria’s open days and the NU Entry scheme, visit

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