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Clearing Brings Record Calls For Derby

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Date posted: 18 August 2011

The University of Derby has seen its highest ever volume of Clearing enquiries - at a time when it had only 150 of its 3,395 student places still available.

Its Clearing hotline opened at 7am on Thursday August 18, to coincide with that of national body UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service), to take calls from prospective students looking to join undergraduate degree courses.

Derby had only around 150 of its 3,395 student places still left to fill. Its applications rose by a record 23% this year, compared with 2010.

This morning the University of Derby hotline had received more than 1,000 calls within three hours of opening and all courses were considered filled by 12noon.

Last year (2010) hotline operators took 450 calls within two hours and 600 within six hours.

It will be early next week before a full picture emerges, once verbal offers have been verified and applications processed.

Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said: "We had more than 120 staff on duty and we have been taking calls on our hotline since 7am this morning.

"Because of Derby's increasing popularity as a degree destination, they've had to disappoint many well qualified prospective students who've called us to find a course place.

"I was answering phones myself during the peak period this morning, so I felt first hand how distressing it is to have to give disappointing news to quite well qualified young people."

Those unable to secure a University place might consider part time study, exploring studying via University of Derby Online alongside work, and anything else which builds up their employability and skills profile, including work experience. The traditional deferred entry or gap year is still a possibility but students entering next year will do so under the new fees regime.

Media outlets requiring more information about this news release should contact Press and PR Officer Sean Kirby on 01332 591891 or 07876 476103, or email: s.kirby@derby.ac.uk.

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