Revealed: reasons why students start out in Clearing

"At Staffs Uni we've the experience to support anyone who comes through Clearing, whatever their reason. We take the time to understand every individual's circumstances and to make sure they feel that they are taking positive action regarding their futures."

Paul Donnelly, Enquiries Team Leader

Students say a 'change of heart' was the main reason why they came to Staffordshire University via Clearing, although a quarter revealed it was concerns over the cost of living.

In a Twitter poll conducted by Staffordshire University, 35 per cent said 'change of heart' was the reason for going through Clearing, followed by 23 per cent who said they changed course to find a cheaper city.

26 per cent of respondents said the break-up of a relationship was responsible for them revisiting their Higher Education options, while 16 per cent 'didn't like' their first choice.

As A level results day draws near, Staffordshire University are encouraging students to share their own experiences of Clearing through videos and blogs on their dedicated 'Clearing made clear' webpages.

Paul Donnelly, Enquiries Team Leader, said: “At Staffs Uni we've the experience to support anyone who comes through Clearing, whatever their reason. We take the time to understand every individual's circumstances and to make sure they feel that they are taking positive action regarding their futures.

“Many of our student ambassadors who are responding to enquiries throughout Clearing have first-hand experience of the process and we're using them to remove any uncertainty. We've lots of useful information on our website to help people prepare for making the call and we’re here to support prospective students through the process.”

Creative writing student Sian, 27, who is about to embark on her third year said Clearing was the opportunity she needed to make changes to her life.

“When I applied through Clearing to Staffs in 2014, I made a phone call. It took minutes. One moment I was in a dead-end job in a call centre, the next I was buying new stationery and a school bag.

“There is a place for you, even if it's not where you planned it to be at first. You can talk to a real person about where you can go next, and what options are open to you. Having to go through Clearing isn't the end of the world – but it might be the start of something really special!”

Health and Social Care student Lauren Welsh (pictured) added: “I came through clearing and I wondered if there was a difference. The truth is everyone's treated equally. We were all given timetables, and shown around, we all had the same library introduction and had the same ID badges.

“As time went on I learnt some other people from my course had come via the Clearing route, with a variety of reasons. From grades, to course change – politics to health and social care – then career change like me, but when you're sitting eating lunch, laughing and chatting with your peers, no one really minds why or how you are here, just that you are!”

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