Nicola Cook

Why did you decide to contact Lancaster University through Adjustment and Clearing?

I had briefly looked at Lancaster University when I started researching which universities I wanted to apply to, but discounted it on the fact that it was too far away from my hometown. When I didn’t get into my chosen universities on results day, I looked at Lancaster again, it offered everything I was looking for so I gave them a phone call. I spoke to someone who was really supportive and friendly and was offered a place and I haven’t looked back since.

How would you advise applicants entering Adjustment and Clearing this year?

Try and be prepared – no one really expects to have to go through clearing, so it’s worth knowing what the process involves before results day just in case. As hard as it seems at the time, try not to panic, things are likely to work themselves out. Going through clearing ended up being a great thing for me, otherwise I wouldn’t be where I am today studying at Lancaster.

Do you have any advice for parents or teachers?

Just try and be as supportive as possible, it’s a horrible situation to be in and you’re likely to be feeling the stress to, but try not to show the student that. If you can, help them look for other options or universities still offering courses they’re interested in.

What do you feel is the best aspect of studying at Lancaster University?

The campus is the best part of being at Lancaster. It’s got everything you could possibly need and more! The facilities to support your degree are great but the campus as a place to live is also really good. The campus is its own little community, if you didn’t want to, you’d never have a reason to leave. Going to university and having the opportunity to meet so many new people is something you only really get to experience once and Lancaster is the perfect place to make the most of that opportunity!

What’s best about the social life and activities at Lancaster?

For me, the best thing is how much choice there is! There is so much to do, you can’t not find something to suit you. There are lots of great social events organised by the student’s union and each of the colleges! There are also loads of societies and sports to get involved with, and most of these organise social events throughout the year too! I’d definitely recommend joining some societies, whether you want to try something completely new or continue an existing hobby, it’s a great way to meet new people and get involved. 

How does Lancaster University provide you with support, advice and guidance?

There is a really good network of support for all aspects of University life. I have personally found my academic advisor really helpful – he’s a member of staff in my department and I can go to him with any queries I have and he’s always happy and ready to help. 

What advice would you give to students considering contacting Lancaster University via Adjustment and Clearing in 2016?

Definitely contact Lancaster, you can’t lose anything by making a phone call and seeing what options you have. In my experience, Lancaster were incredibly helpful and they ensured that what started as a really terrible day ended up being quite a good one. It’s worth ringing up and seeing what they can offer you.

And finally, what do you aspire to be?

I am looking towards a career in research. I hope to stay at Lancaster after my undergraduate degree to complete a Masters and a PhD.