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Clearing Success Stories – The University of Reading

Alice, Emily and Megan all used UCAS Clearing to get onto courses at The University of Reading.

Alice, Reading

Alice, Food Science

What circumstances led you to entering Clearing/Adjustment?

I decided my originally chosen degree was not the right one. So, I took a gap year and worked. Through this, and gaining work experience, I declined my Physiotherapy offers and decided to enter Clearing/Adjustment and applied to  Reading for food science.

Who helped you go through Clearing?

I had some email conversations with the admissions team and they were very helpful, they seemed very calm through all the communication I had, so this helped me to stay relaxed.

How did you find out what courses were available?

I researched online the different food science courses, and after seeing they had spaces available rang the University.

What was the main reason for choosing the course you chose?

I’ve always loved food, and I kept seeing all these innovative new products entering the shelves in M&S and decided I wanted to be a part of the food industry! I also had heard great things about Reading Food Science department from my school and watching documentaries on the TV.

Did you find a place to live easily?

Yes, I was sent the link for accommodation and was given a Bridges Townhouse so lived with 11 other undergraduates.

How has your time at university been? Have you enjoyed your course?

I have loved every minute of being at Reading and am so glad I made the decision to come to study Food Science. I’ve loved getting involved in outreach activities and Open Days. I had so much fun doing experiments in our pilot plant and have met some great like minded friends.

What would be your top tip for students in the lead up to Results Day?

Don’t worry about what may happen on Results Day. It may seem stressful, but take it as it comes, and you will find the right course/university for your regardless of the outcome on Results Day! Don’t feel like you have to share your results with friends if you don’t want to. If you do find yourself in Clearing and Adjustment, have an open mind and keep your options open. 

Emily, Reading

Emily, German

What circumstances led you to entering Clearing?

I didn’t achieve the grades I needed for my firm or insurance universities.

Did you do any preparation or research before Results Day?

I started to think as it got closer to Results Day that I hadn’t done as well as I had first thought, so I had a quick look at possible universities with lower grade boundaries. 

Who helped you go through Clearing?

My family were the biggest support (especially when I was naturally upset and emotional on Results Day). My German A Level teacher was absolutely fantastic in helping me when I went to collect my results. She gave me advice to call my firm and insurance and then other unis, as well as being available on the phone afterwards; I couldn’t have done it without her or my family.

How did you find out what courses were available?

I used the UCAS website to look at choices and called up the individual universities to personally ask if there were places left on their German courses.

What was the main reason for choosing the course you chose?

I had been to visit the University of Reading on an Open Day and a Visit Day, and I really loved the university, however I didn’t put it as my firm or insurance due to the minor factor of the distance from home.

Did you attend a university Clearing open day, if so did you find it useful?

No, I didn’t attend due to finding my place at Reading, which I had already visited.

Did you find a place to live easily?

Yes! When I went to university in first year, accommodation was guaranteed for Clearing students, and I had a choice of three halls of residence.

How has your time at university been? Have you enjoyed your course?

I have absolutely loved my time at university so far. I am always so grateful that I came to Reading through Clearing, and while that may be a weird thing to hear, it was the best decision I made and I’ve really made the most out of university and thrown myself into every opportunity, which I may not have done at my firm choice. 

What would be your top tip for students in the lead up to Results Day?

Either research or visit universities that could be your Clearing choices (about 4 or 5 choices), even if you don’t think you’ll need it; I didn’t consider that I would be going through Clearing until a week or so before. For Clearing itself, you will be emotional and feel almost rejected, but it all pays off in the end and you will have the best experience wherever you go.

Megan, Reading

Megan, Art and English Literature

What circumstances led you to entering Clearing?

I entered Clearing as I did not achieve the required grades needed for my top university choices.

Did you do any preparation or research before Results Day?

Yes, I did. I had an A3 page with all the names and contacts numbers of optional universities which I could could go to if I dropped a grade and had to go into Clearing.

Who helped you go through Clearing?

On the day, my mother was a great help to me. At 7am, when Clearing opened, we made many calls asking universities all around to consider me. I explained I initially had an offer from them after a successful interview and portfolio submission. I had actually gone full circle and back where I started. Reading Uni was evidently meant to be!

How did you find out what courses were available?

I found out which courses were available for Clearing through the UCAS website.

What was the main reason for choosing the course you chose?

Throughout the university application process, I was always undecided between which discipline I wanted to take into Further Education (either Fine Art or English) but Clearing made this easy for me as Reading was my final call and fortunately offered me a place. However, I was happy that my course allowed me to keep learning about Literature, Creative Writing and also Art as these are all passions of mine.

Did you attend a university Clearing open day, if so did you find it useful?

Yes, I went to a university Clearing open day. This was really helpful as it gave me an insight into the accommodation I would be living in, the campus and my studio and English Department. Also, it was a really nice welcome into the university and helped me gain lots of helpful advice from students.

Did you find a place to live easily?

Yes I did, I was guaranteed accommodation if I accepted the place within 48 hours and I was given a place just off of campus in Wantage Halls.

How has your time at university been? Have you enjoyed your course?

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at University of Reading and my course. I have made so many great friends through University life and also Study Abroad in Denmark, Aarhus. I have especially enjoyed learning a broad spectrum of topics, for example being able to learn new Digital Art skills but also Shakespeare’s plays.

What would be your top tip for students in the lead up to Results Day?

I would say be ready to start calling universities early as it’s literally a race to get the places. It may help to check the UCAS website the morning or night before to see whether there are actually Clearing spaces left on the courses you are interested in. Also, don’t forget to be open to different options of where you could go as you never know where you’ll have the best time!