Clearing 2013 Sees Places Filling Fast At University of Derby
Date posted: 15 August 2013
Available degree course places are disappearing fast at the University of Derby, as staff at its Clearing hotline call centre take hundreds of calls today (August 15) from A-level students who've received their results.
Every August A-level students who have not yet secured a university place, or who decide after receiving their exam results to change universities, enter the national Clearing system run by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), matching them with unfilled degree course places.
Staff and academics at the University of Derby were on the phones at its Clearing call centre from 7am this morning, answering calls from prospective students.
The centre's direct line - on 01332 592013 - gives would-be students the chance to get expert advice and speak directly to those who would be running their degree course. Staff will be on the phones until 7pm tonight, and from 8.30am tomorrow (Friday).
Derby entered Clearing this year with around 400 undergraduate course places available and expects those degree course places remaining to be filled quickly.
Within the first two hours today (by 9am) the University had received 690 calls (up from 577 at the same time for Clearing 2012) and by 11am today there had been 1,234 calls (up from 1,063 last year).
Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said: "We've had a very high volume of calls and we expect that to continue throughout the day.
"It's been very pleasing for me to see that, in a still very difficult and sometimes confusing environment for UK higher education, we've entered Clearing with fewer available places than last year.
"Prospective students are responding well to what Derby has to offer. We know that students enjoy their time with us and have had increasing success in the jobs market as recent surveys have confirmed.
"We were among the Top Ten English universities for graduate employability in the most recent UK survey, with 96.1% of our 2011/12 graduates in work or study six months after completing their degree. We also achieved our best ever results in this year's National Student Survey, where 86% of our students who took part said that overall they were satisfied with their course."
Clearing Open Days - to allow students looking to start a course at the University this September to tour the University's sites and talk to course academics - will be held next Tuesday (August 20) from 10am to 3pm at its Derby and Buxton campuses, and two Clearing afternoons will be held on Wednesday and Thursday (August 21 and 22) from 12 noon to 3pm at the Derby campus.