UTAS Open Day was held over the weekend and proved a great success.
The Hobart, Launceston and Cradle Coast campuses all opened on Sunday. This is the first time all three campuses have shared a single Open Day.
Visitors had the chance to find out about study options, take a tour around the campuses, enjoy public presentations and performances and take part in activities and workshops.
More than 4000 people crowded the Hobart campus despite chilly temperatures. The Taiko Drummers, TUU Climbing Club demonstrations, jumping castle and the many information stalls were all popular attractions. Arron Wood, Prime Minister's Environmentalist of the Year (2007), provided a great insight into the challenges and opportunities for Australia to take a leadership role in combating the environmental crisis - and also proved to be very popular signing his book Billabong Boy.
The Conservatorium of Music offered a range of concerts and master classes, drawing large visitor numbers, while the School of Art hosted the launch and award presentation for The Young Archies - a particularly popular start to the day. Well known musician Brian Ritchie filled the audience for a fantastic Open Day Art Forum.
Launceston Open Day was chilly but sunny and bright. Around 2500 visitors attended, with lots of people staying the full day to enjoy all of the activities. Large number of families with young children attended, as well as lots of mature age and school leaver age applicants.
Sticky and Sam, the Tasmanian team from The Amazing Race Australia, were a great drawcard for visitors.
Three new exhibitions at the School of Visual and Performing Arts, including the Australian War Memorial's Framing Conflict: Iraq and Afghanistan, were popular with visitors, as were the life boat rides at the AMC.
At Cradle Coast, the activities and information available were tailored to highlight the university's strength in agricultural research, the work UTAS does in the manufacturing and engineering sectors and the many opportunities the study of these fields can open up.
More than 800 visitors attended.
The talk by Matthew Evans, the "gourmet farmer" was a great success, as was the Lego Robogals Robotics activity, the information stalls and the smallest visitors of the day, the Wessex Saddleback piglets.