Introducing Clearing Plus, summer university preparation and university interviews. With Bangor University, the University of Suffolk and University of Surrey.

Event speakers

Preparing for university this summer
Dan Rolfe, Deputy Head of UK/EU Student Recruitment at the University of Surrey

Preparing for university interviews
Llinos Angharad Williams, Schools Liaison Officer at Bangor University

Introducing clearing plus
Aemilia McDonnell
Student Recruitment Officer at the University of Suffolk

Hosted by
Jon Cheek, Founder and Director,

Event Summary

This webinar is hosted by Jon Cheek, the Founder and Director of UniTasterDays who touches upon the guidance and help provided to students to help them make good choices when considering university. This is followed by three guest speakers who each talk about different aspects of university.

Session 1: Preparing for university this summer

The first guest speaker is Dan Rolfe, the Deputy Head of UK/EU Student Recruitment at the University of Surrey. He recommends a summer checklist to ensure you do not miss anything important before starting university. The first thing you can do he suggests is preparing for the application process. This can be done through ensuring you have the skills needed for your chosen course and developing these if you do not in a variety of ways – with recommendations on what you can do. Dan mentions particular websites and courses you can delve into as an opportunity to explore your subject before applying. After doing your research, it is a good idea to make a start on your personal statement, advises dan. He offers tips on starting your first draft, things to talk about and proposes a method to ensure that everything you mention is relevant and relates back to your course.

Session 2: Preparing for university interviews

The second guest speaker is Llinos Angharad Williams, the Schools Liaison Officer at Bangor University. Most university courses do not have interviews, but if you feel unsure you should contact the university. If you do have an interview, Llinos explains how you will get notified and when they usually occur. She explains the appropriate ways to respond to this over email, the dress code, and the different types of interviews for university. it is important you feel ready for the interview and by using a checklist you can ensure you have not missed anything essential you need to know. Llinos suggests the do’s and don’ts of a university interview and suggests the type of questions you should ask which will be beneficial and help you decide if the course is right for you. Finally, she explains what to do after the interview is over and how you will be notified of the university’s decision.

Session 3: Introducing clearing plus

The third guest speaker is Aemilia McDonnell, the Student Recruitment Officer at the University of Suffolk. She explains what clearing is and the different reasons why people end up going through the clearing system. This is done through UCAS where your track status updates to clearing. Aemilia describes how to effectively search for the courses you want in clearing and how universities are also able to contact you as well. In clearing the entry levels are usually not the same as before and it is worth knowing how this affects you if you end up in this process. Since course spaces are filled quickly, Aemilia shares some tips to ensure you are prepared beforehand with all the information required when phoning universities. She goes on to explain what adjustment is and how it works. Unlike clearing, with adjustment there is a specific deadline. Finally, she shares some advice if you do find yourself in clearing, the most important being that there are other options available.

Session summary from Rubaya Zaman, a final year English Literature student at the University of Birmingham,

Event Recorded: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 12:00

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