Taking the stress out of heading into study

First published 5 September 2011

James Cook University will host a series of “Essential Information Evenings” for prospective new students, parents and partners throughout North Queensland this month.

The information evenings will be held from 5.30pm – 7.30pm in both Townsville and Cairns as well as a number of regional areas with a focus on targeting parents of school leavers.

JCU Student Liaison Officer Bronwyn Bender said JCU’s Student Liaison Team hosted a number of events throughout the year to engage high school students.

“This includes Showcases in schools, University Experience, school visits and participation in parent evenings in high school and an information evening in September for students and parents,” she said.

“Research shows that the majority of JCU students are first in their family to attend university as such there is a lot of anxiety about what to expect and costs associated with going to university.

“The information evenings are designed to help alleviate some of those anxieties.”

The evenings will be quite informal, with a ‘drop-in, career market’ style, she said.

Information tables will include some student support service areas including accommodation, scholarships, equity, careers and counselling.

Ms Bender said the information sessions would be hosted in four regional venues as well, to attract students from areas that may be too far to travel for an information evening.

Event Dates (5.30pm – 7.30pm)

Tuesday 6 September, Ayr State High School

Wednesday 7 September, Ingham State High School

Monday 12 September, Innisfail State College

Tuesday 13 September, Rydges Hotel, Cairns

Wednesday 14 September, Mecure Inn, Townsville

Thursday 15 September, Hallorans Hill Observatory Building, Atherton

For further information, please contact Rima Ismail-Jones , Acting Student Liaison Manager

0413 607 987

JCU Media contact: Caroline Kaurila (07) 4781 4586 or 0437 028 175.