Staffs reaching out to help students make the right choice

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. The University’s Clearing operations uses student ambassadors, graduates and staff to promote a wide range of courses designed to equip students for a brighter future.

To help students to secure their September start, Staffordshire University’s dedicated Clearing Centre will be operational from 7am until 9pm on Thursday August 14 and Friday August 15, and will remain open for business daily, including weekends 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 or 01782 295900 - where trained operators will do their utmost to help.

Prospective students and their families are also invited to visit the University’s Stoke and Stafford campuses to talk in person to subject tutors and learn more about the courses on offer.

Linda Burgess, Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions, said: “Staffordshire University treats students as customers. Today’s prospective students are technically very savvy and some will have done a lot of research about course and destination before picking up the phone.”

“Clearing is also the opportunity for mature students and people who haven’t already applied through UCAS to see what opportunities are available to them. Our role is to inform them of their options and to help steer them to the course that’s right for them.”

“We want to reassure people that we still have degree places across a range of degree awards and there are opportunities including Foundation years and HNDs if students don’t get the grades they’re hoping for.”

In addition to its regular Clearing operations, Staffordshire University’s Brindley building on Leek Road in Stoke is piloting a University Quarter-wide initiative to provide crucial guidance for some of the 6,500 young people set to receive exam results in the coming days and weeks.

Open weekdays until August 29, University staff will be joined by careers advisors from City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College and Stoke on Trent College to provide local people with independent advice about their options, be that a college course, apprenticeship or degree.
Staffordshire University 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, Leek Road Stoke or at the Beaconside campus, Stafford.

Clearing Open Days (below):

  • Thursday 14th August: 9am – 5pm Stoke/Stafford

  • Friday 15th August: 9am – 5pm Stoke/Stafford

  • Saturday 16th August: 10am – 4pm Stoke

  • Monday 18th August: 9am – 5pm Stoke/Stafford

  • Tuesday 19th August: 9am – 5pm Stoke/Stafford

  • Wednesday 20th August: 3pm – 8pm Stoke

  • Saturday 23rd August: 10am – 4pm Stoke

On August 14 university representatives will be at mobile clearing clinics at City of SOT Sixth Form College, Leek College, Newcastle College, Halesowen College, Dudley College, Stafford College, Shrewsbury College.

  • Over the phone: clearing hotline number 0800 590 830 or 01782 295900 
    Via the web: visit www.staffs.ac.uk/clearing, click on the course-specific links from the UCAS website.