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27th Mar 2014

Adviza has just run its 25th Thames Valley Higher Education Convention and, with over 6,000 students attending from schools across the Thames Valley, it was one of our most successful to date. This year’s event, which was jointly organised by UCAS and Adviza, took place on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th March at the Rivermead Leisure Complex in Reading.

The Main Hall of the Complex was devoted to 149 exhibitor stands comprising educational institutions and related organisations, including the armed services.  Students were able to talk to representatives from universities, collect prospectuses and investigate the range of options available to them after Year 13.  In addition, there were talks running throughout the two days covering student finance and how to choose your HE course. 

In Adviza’s Chill Out Zone there were professional careers advisers on hand to give students impartial advice, whilst school staff had the chance to find out about Adviza’s services for schools.

Parents had the opportunity to obtain information to support their son or daughter at the Parents and Carers event on Tuesday evening. Over 100 attended the session which included presentations by Jamie Mackay from Southampton Solent University on supporting your child through the UCAS process, Charmain Valente from Student Finance England on the cost of studying, Jane Wick from Thames Valley Regional Network (TVRN) on high level apprenticeships and Sue Gale, Adviza’s Sales and Development Director, on what help is available from Adviza.  

Martin Rudd, HE Convention Manager, said: "Initial comments received from both students and exhibitors indicate that the 2014 UCAS Thames Valley Higher Education Convention was a success at the new venue. We look forward to welcoming students and exhibitors at the 2015 Convention."

The Head of Careers at an independent school in Berkshire commented: "The students thoroughly enjoyed the conference and have returned more motivated to work hard in their quest for the grades they need."

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