Students rush to secure last-minute courses

Published: 2 August 2010 at 11:23

Higher education opportunities translate into future job opportunities

Anglia Ruskin University is preparing to talk to hundreds of students leaving schools and colleges from the East of England who are looking to make final decisions about higher education study options during the forthcoming period of admissions known as Clearing.

It is expected that in addition to the usual rush caused by exam results that did not quite match ‘first-choice’ course requirements, a wave of extra enquiries will come from students from the East of England who have heard that Anglia Ruskin has been allocated over 500 additional places for September 2010 as a result of £12 million worth of funding from the Higher Education Council for England (HEFCE).

The funding is designed to produce graduates with the particular skills necessary to rebuild the economy following recession - they will span a wide range of subjects under the umbrella of science, business and health.

Clearing applies to students who did not get the results they had hoped for, those who may not have gained a place in the first round of applications, and to those who have only just decided that higher education is the right choice for them.  It also caters for anyone wishing to further their studies or make a new start.

To accommodate this year’s predicted high demand for places, Anglia Ruskin University staff will be running a series of Clearing Open Days at the main campus sites in Chelmsford and Cambridge, and at newly-established University Centre Peterborough.  They will talk face-to-face to visiting students and their parents in addition to the traditional Clearing Hotline service when dedicated staff answer relevant questions over the phone.  These days will run from 19-27 August.

Anglia Ruskin University’s advertising campaign this year is encouraging those considering higher education options to see higher education as the springboard to job opportunities; and to focus on where a degree level qualification could ultimately take them. The message Welcome to Your Future: Drop In. Sign Up. Get Started will be seen across poster sites throughout the East of England, as part of an extensive media campaign which plays on the theme of self discovery.

The new campaign to actively encourage people to come on campus to talk about course options is particularly designed to support those who for whatever reason change their mind at the last minute.

There are many subject areas available for study this autumn and the pathway leaders for each are advising people looking for courses to visit one of the three campus locations.

Anglia Ruskin’s Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Alan Sibbald comments:

"As always, this is a highly challenging time for those students who are yet to secure the right course for them. It is now clearly understood that the route to better job prospects is via higher education and this is particularly relevant at a time when economic conditions are tough throughout the economy – both in the private and public sectors.  Never before has there been a better time to invest time in learning to help to facilitate a brighter future."

"We can help people to make the right decisions based on the options open to them. We welcome the fact that we have been able to re-open a number of courses to applicants as a result of the special funding we have received. This particular HEFCE initiative will help to get the economy and higher education back into alignment so that we can continue to supply the high calibre of work-ready graduates businesses and organisations need to retain confidence in the now extremely competitive global marketplace."

Anglia Ruskin’s Clearing Hotline 0845 271 3333 will be the centre of a network of support and information for students (and their parents) who want to speak to student advisers before making a decision from the various higher education options.  A Clearing website is also available for students at and the dedicated email address is

Advisers will be on hand during Clearing.  People who call the Clearing Hotline or visit the campus should have an idea of the subject area they would like to study, a copy of their results and a list of questions they feel they want answered, such as those concerning fees or accommodation issues.

The dedicated Clearing Centres at Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough are open to visitors from 8.00am-8.00pm on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 August, from 10.00am-4.00pm on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 and from 9.00am – 6.00pm from Monday 23 to Friday 27 August.