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Keep a positive attitude – Sue’s Clearing story

My name is Sue and I am studying Psychology. I was accepted into the University of Nottingham through Clearing. I remember the day I received my results: I had been nervously checking email all day, and was fully expecting an offer from my firm choice university. The minute I received an email from UCAS notifying me of …

Give it some thought… – Aiden’s tips

The summer following A level exams is spent differently by every university applicant. Whether you want to simply chill out at home, pack your bags and get away, or work to earn some money to fund your freshers’ week, there’s no right or wrong way of spending that time. Despite this, there is one thought …

Applying through Clearing Fairs – Timothy’s story

On the morning of A level results day, due to the time difference of 7 hours ahead in Hong Kong, I wasn’t able to calm down as I was very nervous. I just kept refreshing UCAS Track to see if I got into my firm choice. It was not until around 3pm (Hong Kong time) …

My last summer – Adnaan’s story

As I anticipate my final results day, which ultimately determines whether I graduate as a chemical engineer, I can’t help but think back to the start of this journey: A level Results Day 2012. I remember the whole UCAS process: personal statements, degree choices, university league table rankings, the “student satisfaction” tab for each … …

No worries – Katie’s story

‘I’ll be fine’, I thought, having finished my last A level exam, and thus my time at college. ‘Even if I crash and burn with my exams, I have back-ups, alternatives, options. Things I’d be proud and excited to do. There’s more than one path to university – and, if the worst-case scenario happens, and …

Alternatives, advice and… an A*? – Gabriel’s story

For me, thoughts of going into Clearing began after exams. I began to assess my degree choice and whether it was suited to what I wanted to do after university – I’d firmed and insured two different institutions, doing chemical engineering at both. In the period after exams, I had more time on my hands …

When plan B pays off – Honor’s story

In the run up to results day I was anxious, but I was also very good at pushing that worry to the back of my mind. I knew there was a high possibility that I hadn’t gotten the grades I needed … yet I did my best to ignore everything about results day and almost …

Plan for every outcome – Emma’s story

I’d never heard of Clearing or Adjustment before I went through it myself. I hadn’t got very good grades at AS and was planning on taking a gap year, as I thought my A2s would go the same way. I hadn’t applied to any universities, but my school made me write a personal statement as …

University: a time for change

Coming to university is a massive change in your life and in that, a perfect opportunity to try something new that you may have potentially never heard of let alone done before. When I first came to Nottingham at the beginning of last year I was determined to stay in my comfort zone and stick …

The 5 best gigs I’ve experienced in Nottingham

When applying to university, one of my greatest priorities was the proximity to as many live music venues as possible. 2.5 years and 25 gigs later, I know that choosing Nottingham was most definitely the right decision! With venues ranging from tiny cafes to a huge arena, Notts has it all. It was tough to …