Staffordshire University is anticipating that phone lines will be red hot when ‘A’ Level results are published this week.
The University has experienced a substantial rise in applications from students making Staffordshire its first choice as applicants compete for a limited number of places.
The University is bracing itself for high call volumes and has more phone-lines in place than ever to assist applicants keen to continue their education journey.
Trained staff will also be offering help and advice at drop-in centres on campus and at local colleges to help potential students.
Head of Recruitment and Admissions at Staffordshire University, Linda Burgess explained: “Anybody who’s made us first choice and who meets the entry criteria are guaranteed their place.
“However we encourage applicants who don’t make their grades to make contact with us so that we can advise them and talk them through the options.”
“We have increased the number of clearing hotlines which will be manned by expert staff and have contingency plans in place to ensure we offer the best information, advice and guidance to our applicants.”
However Staffordshire University is also inviting inquiries from students only just thinking about going to university. Linda added: “Although there are fewer opportunities than in previous years, we currently have some vacancies and there are a number of flexible learning options and courses which can be studied part-time basis.”
“We will be monitoring the situation daily to ensure we can react quickly and updating the website where we still have places available.”
These include Business, Accounting, Events Management, Geography, Biology, Law, Computing, Engineering and Technology, Humanities, Media, Arts and Design.
Linda continued: “We have Open Days taking place on campus this Saturday August 21 and Thursday August 26 and applicants thinking about starting University in 2011 should come and visit us and consider applying early for next year.”
Staffordshire University offers a number of different entry levels from HNDs and level zero to fast track degrees which applicants can study over two years.
How Staffordshire University can help
Anyone wishing to study at Staffordshire University this year, can call its dedicated clearing service which will be operational from 8.30am to 7pm on August 19 and 20 and will remain open for business daily, including weekends, for a period. Anyone with concerns or queries about their grades and their University application is being urged to telephone the clearing hotline - 0800 590 830 - where trained operators will do their utmost to help.
Prospective students and their families are also invited to visit the University’s main Stoke and Stafford campuses to talk in person to subject tutors and learn more about the courses available. Advisers will be available at the University’s Clearing Centre, College Road, Stoke or at the Beaconside campus, Stafford.
The University will also be hosting Open Days on Saturday August 21 and Thursday August 26 from 10am – 4pm at both Stoke and Stafford. In addition, on August 19, University representatives will be at Newcastle College and Stafford College and the City of Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College (which is being hosted in the University’s Flaxman Building, College Road).
Students can also visit www.staffs.ac.uk/places, or click on the course-specific links from the UCAS website.
People interested in part-time study are invited to attend the Open Days at Stafford and Stoke campus or a dedicated part-time Open Evening taking place on Wednesday September 1, from 5pm to 8pm.
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