How Staffs Uni is reaching out to help

Chris Alcock with clearing hotline staff

Staffordshire University is looking to make itself “irresistible” to students as they contemplate their future.

With just days to go until the announcement of A level results, Staffordshire University has revealed how it is reaching out to help students make the right choice.

This combines with the launch of a new campaign which uses Staffs current students and graduates to help promote the University’s exciting range of courses which are designed to meet the demands of emerging and expanding industries.

Business studies graduate Ravi Sibal has been selected as the University’s ‘face of clearing 2008’ and his profile will be appearing on advertising material and the University’s website.

Having graduated from Staffs in 2000, Ravi worked his way through the ranks of Bentley Motors Limited in Crewe and now works for Service Birmingham – the biggest change project in Europe. He said that it was a year’s placement with Premier Brands which made him ‘irresistible to employers’.

“It taught me a lot about theories and thinking outside the box. I worked as a logistics consultant and it was really beneficial as it gave me the experience and skills to carry forward in my career.”

In an effort to help students to find their way into higher education, Staffordshire University’s dedicated clearing service will be operational from 8.30am until 7pm on August 14 and 15 and will remain open for business daily, including weekends and Bank Holidays, until Friday August 29.

Anyone with concerns or queries about their grades and their University application is being urged to telephone the clearing hotline number - 0800 590 830 -  where trained operators will do their utmost to help.

Would-be 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 innovative courses on offer.

Linda Burgess, Head of Student Recruitment, said the information made available to applicants via the web had changed the nature of clearing in recent years and removed some of the “panic” previously felt by individuals on results day.

 “Applicants appear to receive advice which allows them to make more informed decisions,” said Linda. “They take their time in accepting offers in clearing and will ring around different institutions and attend open days before committing themselves.”

“As a result, the period for the receipt of clearing and late applications has extended and rather than receiving a mass of applications in the first week or so, the busy time for Admissions continues throughout September right up and beyond enrolment.”

However, Linda has the following timely advice for concerned students:

  1. Don’t panic
  2. Take stock of what is available and what best suits your needs rather than simply accepting the first offer.
  3. Act sooner rather than later and don’t drag your heels!

On Thursday August 14, trained University staff will also be offering help and advice from mobile clearing clinics located at schools and sixth forms throughout Staffordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire.
How Staffs Uni can help:

In person: 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 16 and Thursday August 21 from 10am – 4pm.

On August 14 university representatives will be at mobile clearing clinics at Cannock Chase, City of SOT 6th Form College, Leek College, Newcastle College, New College Telford, Sir John Deane's College, Northwich and Stoke–on-Trent 6th Form Centre.

Over the phone: clearing hotline number 0800 590 830

Via the web: visit, click on the course-specific links from the UCAS website.

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