Anglia Ruskin expects last-minute dash for places

Published: 9 August 2011 at 16:04

Clearing Centres set up to cope with increase in demand from students

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Anglia Ruskin University is preparing to talk to hundreds of students leaving schools and colleges across the East of England during the forthcoming period of admissions known as clearing.

Clearing is for students who may not have gained a place in the first round of applications, did not get the results they had hoped for, and those who have only just decided that going to university is the right choice for them.  This could be because they want to further their studies or improve their career prospects.

This year is expected to be particularly busy, with students hoping to secure places ahead of the tuition fee changes that come into effect from September 2012.  By starting their higher education studies this autumn, students will pay the current level of tuition fees for the full term of their study, with any increases being in line with “cost of living”.

To accommodate this year’s predicted high demand for places, Anglia Ruskin will be running a series of clearing events at its main campuses in Chelmsford and Cambridge.  Staff will be available to talk face-to-face with visiting students, in addition to the traditional Clearing Hotline service with dedicated staff answering questions over the phone. 

Sandra Hollis, Pro Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin, said:

“This can be a challenging time of the year for some students who are yet to secure the course that is right for them, but the advice of our Admissions team can help people make the right decision based on the options open to them

“Going to university is particularly relevant in tough economic times as it is generally accepted that having a degree gives you an edge in the job market and equips you with skills that are valued by employers, such as problem-solving and communications skills. 

“It’s also worth considering that forecasts predict that half of positions that become vacant between 2004 and 2020 will be in areas of work most likely to demand graduates.”

Anglia Ruskin’s Clearing Hotline – 0845 271 3333 – will be the centre of a network of support and information for students who want to speak to advisers before making a decision. 

The dedicated Clearing Centres at Chelmsford and Cambridge are open to visitors on Thursday 18 August (8am-8pm), Friday 19 August (8am-6pm), Monday 22 August (8am-6pm), Tuesday 23 August (8.30am-6pm) and Wednesday 24 August to Friday 26 August (9am-5pm).

University Centre Peterborough will be open for clearing applications on Thursday 18 August and Friday 19 August (8am-8pm) and on Saturday 20 August (8am-4pm).

Potential students are also able to book a place at a special Clearing Open Day on Saturday 20 August (10am-4pm) at the Cambridge and Chelmsford campuses which will offer an insight into life at Anglia Ruskin.

People who call the Clearing Hotline or visit the campus should have an idea of the subject area they wish to study and a copy of their results.  For the latest information about clearing, and to book a place on the Clearing open Day, visit www.anglia.ac.uk/clearing