"I think there is a massive negative stigma around Clearing but there shouldn't be. It gave me an opportunity to go to a university that I really wanted to through a last ditch effort to be happy."
Jack Gregson, BA (Hons) Advertising and Brand Management
A Staffordshire University student is celebrating a personal hat-trick having graduated with first class honours, scooped a prestigious award and been chosen to collaborate with Google Labs – all after coming to university through Clearing.
Jack Gregson, 21 from Reddish in Stockport, achieved top A-Level grades but applied to study Advertising and Brand Management at Staffordshire University last minute after a change of heart.
He explained: “I had all my grades. I got everything that I was predicted and more but none of the courses I'd applied to felt right.”
“It was all writing on paper and studying from books but I wanted that visceral experience when you're working with your hands and doing things. I found the course on the Staffs Uni website and it just appealed to me.”
After a phone conversation with course tutors John Hudson and Paul Flemming, Jack "was hooked" and hasn't looked back. He embraced all opportunities on the course including trips abroad, working with live clients and acting as an ambassador for the course at open days.
He said: “It's been brilliant, I've made so many networking connections. You get hands on and you meet people and I think in this kind of industry that really counts."
For his final year project Jack designed a campaign with course mate Beth Johnson aimed at reducing the use of sweatshops by major fashion retailers. The project is backed by Creative Conscience and the pair have been selected to work with Google Labs this summer to develop the concept and pitch it to brands including H&M and Fashion Revolution.
Jack was also chosen to receive the Vice-Chancellor's Award, an annual prize which recognises a graduate who shows outstanding commitment, personal learning, and an exceptional contribution to university life.
Commenting on the prize, Jack said: “It completely swept me off my feet! When I told my mum she couldn't control herself, she was just screaming down the phone! It's an unbelievable honour.”
With a bright future ahead, Jack hopes that his experience might encourage others to find the right course and right university for them.
He added: “I think there is a massive negative stigma around Clearing but there shouldn't be. It gave me an opportunity to go to a university that I really wanted to through a last ditch effort to be happy.”
“Clearing shouldn’t be viewed as second or third place, it should be seen as a safety net for students and I think it's great that it allows us to do that."
From 17 August, prospective students can contact Staffordshire University for an offer on Snapchat, Facebook or Twitter. Until then, our Clearing Ambassadors will be manning social media platforms, offering live Q and As. Visitors to our dedicated Clearing webpages can find further help and advice and experience virtual tours of the University campus.
Find out more at http://www.staffs.ac.uk/clearing/ or call our Clearing hotline on 0800 590 830.
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