UCAS Conventions


What is a UCAS Convention?

They're for those thinking about their options post-18 education, there are approximately 50 UCAS exhibitions to attend across the UK every year and they are completely free. It's a great opportunity when considering the next steps of future options, it's a chance to ask questions, gather information and get inspired.

Cardiff UCAS Event- For the last 14 years we have hosted the annual Cardiff higher education exhibition, which is held at our Cyncoed Campus in the National Indoor Athletic Centre, the first purpose built athletics track in the UK.

It welcomes over 7,000 prospective students each year from different schools, colleges and individuals who are interested in progressing on to Higher education. Over 120 universities and colleges are represented at this event along with a range of exhibitors including Gap Year organisations, professional bodies, student money advisors and commercial companies.

It's a great event to visit when considering the next steps of future options.

Our Schools and Colleges Team attend events like this all around the UK. Our staff or ambassadors will represent Cardiff Metropolitan University at most of the UCAS events over the year talking to students, parents or guardians, as well as School or College staff about the courses we offer,  what it's like to be a student on campus and living in Cardiff, as well as any other questions you might have about Higher Education.

Cardiff Met will be on tour, coming to a city near you in 2016.

To book onto a convention nearest to you visit https://www.ucasevents.com/ucas/frontend/reg/thome.csp?pageID=599509&eventID=1333&eventID=1333 and we will see you there.



Tips for attending:

Have a chat- about your options before you go with either a tutor, careers advisor, parent or guardian.

Make a shortlist-What courses you would like to study before arriving, as it might seem overwhelming.

Prepare-Make sure you get all the information about the University and courses you're interested in, think about what is most important to you and try and ask questions on this.

Seminars-Check to see if there are any that you would like to attend.

Talk to- as many exhibitors as possible. Ask about entry requirements, student life, open days, accommodation and anything else you might want to know.

Notes-Make sure you get down some of the information you are given, either old school on paper or on your phone.

At home again-Follow up with more research, look back through your notes, the prospectuses, websites and once you have narrowed the choice down go and visit on an open day.


Here is a list of all the 36 UCAS, Higher Education Conventions that we will be attending in 2016.


 List of events we will be attending:

10th & 11th November 2015Design Your FutureEXCEL, LondonRuth Foster, Sarah Morris
23rd & 24th of November 2015Design Your FutureMCCC, ManchesterRuth Foster, Sarah Morris
2016 Events   
March Events   
2nd & 3rd MarchManchesterM.C.C.C ManchesterKatherine James
9th & 10th MarchNorthern IrelandEikon Exhibition CentreJames Brennan or Ruth Foster
9th & 10thMarchHampshire and Isle of WightUniversity of Portsmouth, Students' Union

Katie Gamston


14th & 15th MarchBristolECC, UWETeam-KJ, JB, RF, JC, SM
14th & 15th MarchSurreyUniversity of Surrey, Manor Park Campus

Katie Gamston


16th & 17th  MarchWest LondonBrunel University, LondonAlison Milward and Richard Wiltshire
17th MarchHereford and WorcesterUniversity of Worcester, Arena

Ruth Foster & Katherine James​

18th MarchHertfordshireWodson ParkAlison Milward
21st & 22nd MarchSussexUniversity of Chichester, Bishop Otter CampusGemma Champion
21st MarchNorth East WalesGlyndwr University, Wrexham Campus

Sarah Morris


22rd MarchWest WalesUniversity of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Carmarthen Campus

James Brennan & Ruth Foster


23rd MarchDorsetBournemouth University, Talbot CampusGemma Champion
23rd MarchCardiffNIAC, Cardiff Metropolitan University



April Events   
11th AprilCornwallFalmouth University and University of Exeter, Penryn Campus

Gemma Champion & James Brennan


12th& 13th  AprilExeterWestpoint Arena

Gemma Champion & James Brennan


13th AprilLincolnshireLincoln University, Brayford Campus

Katherine James 


18th & 19th AprilLondonExcel LondonSarah Morris
20th & 21st  AprilEast MidlandsUniversity of Derby, Derby Campus

Ruth Foster


26th AprilNorfolkUEA Sports ParkUniversities in Cardiff- Cardiff University attending
27th AprilTees ValleyTeesside University, Middlesbrough CampusUniversities in Cardiff- Cardiff Metropolitian University attending
28th AprilTynesideNorthumbria University, City Campus

Universities in Cardiff-Cardiff Metropolitan University attending

June Events   
13th & 14th JuneMerseysideUniversity of Liverpool, Central CampusSarah Morris


14th JuneHumbersideUniversity of Hull, Hull Campus Universities in Cardiff-Cardiff University attending
15th JuneNorth West WalesBangor University, Main University Building

Sarah Morris


15th & 16th JuneWest & North YorkshireUniversity of BradfordSarah Morris or Gemma Champion
17th JuneSheffieldSheffield Motorpoint ArenaSarah Morris or Gemma Champion​
20th & 21st JuneBedfordshireThe University of Bedfordshire, Bedford Campus

Alison Milward


20th & 21st June
​Kent & Medway​University of Greenwich at Medway, Medway Campus​Sarah Morris
22nd June​Cambridgeshire​Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge Campus​Alison Milward
22nd JuneSouth LondonUniversity of Greenwich, Greenwich Sarah Morris
23rd JuneEast LondonUniversity of East London, Docklands Campus Sarah Morris
23rd & 24th of JuneEssexUniversity of Essex, Colchester Campus

Alison Milward


27th & 28th JuneBirminghamBirmingham, NECRuth Foster and Heatha
29th JuneStaffordshireStaffordshire University, Stoke on Trent Campus

Ruth Foster


30th JuneSuffolkSuffolk, Ipswich Campus

Universities in Cardiff-Cardiff Metropolitan University attending​

31st JuneLancashireLancashire, Edge Hill UniversityRuth Foster


*If you would like to schedule a talk to inspire and guide your students about what a UCAS Convention is and how to prepare, please get in touch.