Users are provided with an information grid to fill in when they call universities on Results Day, prompting them to note important information like location, contact information, opportunities to explore the universities’ facilities, courses of interest, UCAS ID number, and information on qualification requirements. The toolkit provides a framework to input the data making it easier to compare options and making the decision process less stressful. The step-by-step grid guides the user through the clearing process, including crucial but often forgotten steps such as adding their choice on UCAS Track, looking for student accommodation and updating Student Finance details.
The toolkit aims to ease the stress that many students feel in the run up to receiving their exam results which affect important decisions about their future. Results day, and the lead up to it, can be a very stressful time for students as they decide on their future path and which university to go to with lots and lots of information and options being presented to them. The University of Westminster has created the toolkit to help students stay calm and make sense of all the different information.
The toolkit is free to download from the University of Westminster Clearing webpage at www.westminster.ac.uk/clearing and is available to everyone, regardless of which university they are planning to apply.
The kit also includes eight top tips to prepare for Results Day, including starting research early, being ambitious and considering new subject areas, and having details at hand when picking up the phone – which the toolkit aids.
Michelle Magee, Senior Admissions Manager at the University of Westminster who oversees the Clearing process at the University, said: “Confusing and stressful are two words that are often used to describe the clearing process. A successful clearing experience isn’t just about making a phone call and being offered a place over the phone. There’s the research about the courses and universities that helps a student to think about where they might want to spend the next three or four years of their life. It’s a big decision! Then there’s all the things that need to be done once their place is showing on UCAS Track and are easily forgotten about, such as finding student accommodation and changing their course details on their Student Finance application.
“So we’re delighted to be able to share our clearing toolkit which will guide applicants through the process from the beginning to the end. We hope everyone finds it useful and it helps them to keep track of where they are and what they need to do next.”
The University of Westminster will also be running campus tours and a Facebook Live Q&A session with its course enquiries team for anyone considering the University. Campus tours give students the opportunity to explore exactly where their course will be taught and they can find out more about the University. If applicants can’t make it to a tour, all campus tours will be broadcast via the University of Westminster’s Facebook Page.
Download the clearing toolkit from westminster.ac.uk/clearing-toolkit (198.66kb).