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Top tips to secure your university place through Clearing

Clearing can be a confusing time for applicants but also a great opportunity too if you haven’t yet found a place at university or changed your mind about what or where to study.

June Hughes, University Secretary and Registrar at the University of Derby, gives her top tips for being prepared and staying calm during the process.

By June Hughes - 2 August 2022

Whether you’re a new applicant for this September, have changed your mind since applying, or think your results will be different to those you were predicted, Clearing could be for you.

Students opt to go through Clearing for a number of reasons: you may have changed your mind about your course, are worried about your results, or you might not have a place at university yet.

UCAS Clearing opened on Tuesday 5 July and is open until 18 October, so before results day on Thursday 18 August, get hold of the UCAS Clearing list by visiting UCAS Search and select the Clearing 2022 option. This facility is available now and will give you an opportunity to see what’s currently available (more choices will appear on results day).

Before results day

Get yourself prepared the night before and ring as soon as lines open to give yourself the best chance. I recommend you take note of the opening hours of university hotlines in advance as most will open earlier than normal office hours.

On results day

On the day of your results, you’ll notice the Clearing list being constantly updated. Remember to also log on to university websites as they will publish their own lists.

Make sure you have important details close by before you begin contacting universities. You’ll need to have your UCAS number, exam results and your log-in details for Track. You may also want to compile a list of questions to ask and have your personal statement to hand to answer any questions.

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Find your place through Clearing

If you're still looking for a place at university, or have changed your mind about what and where you want to study, find your place with us through Clearing. You can contact our Clearing hotline by phone or WhatsApp.

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Once you have a list of universities you wish to contact, find a quiet place, take a deep breath and start calling. Try to remain calm and composed so you can get across everything you want to. Ensure you take the details of anyone you speak to in case you need to contact them later.

If you receive a Clearing offer over the phone, make sure you get written confirmation of your conversation as well as the expiry date of the offer.

In addition, if you’re able to, try and visit your university choice made in Clearing, if possible, as you will be committing to spending the next three or so years studying there. Most universities have visit options available throughout this period, so it is worth having a look.

We have created a set of FAQs which may help if you are considering applying through Clearing, but if you can't find the answers you're looking for, please get in touch.

You don’t have to wait until you get your results to start looking at courses through Clearing - you can call 01332 592022 or message via WhatsApp and our team will guide you through the process.

Good luck.

For further information contact the Corporate Communications team at pressoffice@derby.ac.uk or call 01332 593953.

About the author

June Hughes

June Hughes
University Secretary and Registrar

June Hughes is the University Secretary and Registrar. Her role spans all aspects of our academic administration and student services across all sites from admissions to graduation.

Email
j.p.hughes@derby.ac.uk
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