Pre-enrolment swells Massey numbers

Annual open days attract strong turnouts

REGAN SCHOULTZ
Last updated 07:41 07/08/2014
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Massey open day. From the school of people environment & planning from left is Sita Venkateswar (lecturer in social anthropology), Regina Scheyvens (lecturer in developement studies) & Beth Greener (senior lecturer in politics)

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Staff at Massey University and UCOL had their sights set on enthralling prospective students with parrots, lie detectors and concerts at their annual open days.

Despite miserable weather, the university and the polytechnic had strong turnouts of high school students, with parents in tow, from around the country yesterday.

The university has for the first time allowed pre-enrolments, a tactic Massey marketing manager Tracy Pleasants said had been a big success.

"It's a huge step forward for Massey. In past years enrolment has only been open to students from the 1st of October but this year students have been able to enrol early."

Pleasants estimated about 1000 students had enrolled by midday yesterday. "The other thing that I have noticed is the increase in the number of parents.

"Parents are a big part of the decision-making process for students, so it is important for the university to make them feel reassured and that their kids are in safe hands."

UCOL external relations officer Gloria Evans said a range of diverse programmes were presented, using interactive stands.

More than 460 secondary school students and members of the public attended, with some coming from as far afield as Wellington and New Plymouth; even one from Dunedin to enrol in the vet nursing diploma.

Music, trades, arts and health sciences were the most popular subjects, she said.

High school student Jasmine Hodge, 17, said the Massey open day had been really interesting.

"The lectures have been really informative. We went to a psychology lecture that explained how lie detectors work and how the human brain works," Hodge said.

Havelock North mother Trudy Hosford said she was happy with the university and would be pleased if her son chose to attend Massey.

Hosford's son plans to study environmental planning in 2015.

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