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Applying to university through Adjustment or Clearing can be the start of something amazing. Read about some Lancaster University students who took this route into university life.
Marten Hinz chose Lancaster University through Adjustment, after realising that his expected grades were better than he needed for his existing offer. He advises "if you are considering Adjustment, make sure you know how the process works before A-Level Results Day."
Following a number of rejections, I knew that the best offer I had received through UCAS was a lot lower than my expected grades at A-Level. For a number of different reasons I also started having second thoughts about my first choice university. I was very fortunate to have had some brilliant teachers in my Sixth Form who pushed me to reconsider my choices and I eventually ended up looking into Lancaster through Adjustment. After my summer exams, I got on a train equipped with a campus map of Lancaster and just happened to bump into a Schools' Visit Day with Admissions Tutors being there to patiently answer my questions. They were incredibly helpful and stayed in touch with me over summer. It all seemed too much coincidence to be true, but I am glad I took the initiative because I ended up loving the place.
Adjustment is a little more reassuring for applicants as you can keep your initial university place until securing another one. Applicants need to however be aware of how stressful the process is: whilst most of my friends had sorted their place as soon as they got their A-Level results, I spent several days phoning and e-mailing with my school, UCAS, Lancaster and my initial first choice university. If you are considering Adjustment, make sure you know how the process works before A-Level Results Day.
In my case, both my parents and teachers had been very understanding and I am really grateful for that. That is probably the most obvious piece of advice: be patient and just be there to help where you can.
I can obviously just speak for my course but if I l look back at the previous year, most of my learning took place in small-group seminars. In Lancaster, there is a sense that you can knock on a tutor's door for any questions and problems you come along during your study. It really is a small community where everyone can thrive in.
No doubt – the colleges! I don't think I had entirely realised how much of an asset they are until I arrived. They make it so much easier to mingle in the first few weeks and they are something a lot of people seem to genuinely care about. I have had the chance to get involved with my college's JCR – an elected group of students that run social activities and Welfare campaigns for the college. Whether it is sports, societies or colleges: the more you put into it, the more you will get out of it.
Throughout the Adjustment process, there was plenty of support available and I felt that instructions were made very clear. Prior to arrival we received checklists, booklets and useful contacts. The university makes a real effort to stress to students where you can get necessary advice from.
It may all seem daunting, but whatever the circumstances are – go for it, there is nothing to lose and if you do come, you will certainly not regret it!
In the last year, I have found the essay-writing aspect of my course most rewarding. It made me think about doing Postgraduate study. It means I can potentially get an insight and contribute to some cutting-edge research going on in my subjects. I am not entirely sure where that might take me, but I know it is something that I feel passionate about.
Student Simon Vale gives us his experience of coming through Adjustment and Clearing to Lancaster University.
Nicola Cook got a place to study Psychology at Lancaster University through Clearing. "What started as a really terrible day ended up being quite a good one", she remembers.
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.
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.
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 too, 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Daniel Jacklin was accepted to study Law at Lancaster University through Clearing. He didn’t quite get the grades he needed, so decided to give Lancaster a second look.
I visited Lancaster on an Open Day, and was really impressed by the campus, course structure, and the friendliness of the people that I had met. I decided to apply, and was successful in getting an offer. It was a tough decision, but I eventually decided on two other Universities as my firm and insurance choices. However, on Results Day, I found that I had not done as well as I hoped, and didn’t quite have the grades to reach my offers. I decided to look at Clearing, and Lancaster stood out, as it was one of my original choices. I decided to give them a ring, and was immediately put through to an extremely helpful and friendly individual. Within a few minutes I had secured my place at Lancaster - I haven’t looked back since.
The teaching staff are certainly one of the best aspects of the course. My lectures and seminars have always been interesting and engaging, and this is reflective of the enthusiasm with which the teaching staff approach their subject.
I’d probably say that the variety provided is a highlight for me. I’m not too fussed about clubbing, and so I was worried that I would be heavily restricted in terms of social events. However, this has been far from the case, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the number of different events, both as part of the College and with Societies, as well as the great times that I have had attending them.
The University employs a wide range of support mechanisms, meaning that there is always someone to talk to. Within my College, I have a designated College Advisor, two Flat Representatives and the JCR, who are all equipped to deal with any problems I may encounter. This is further expanded by the Law Faculty, which provides an Academic Advisor, as well as two Student Reps for my Seminar Group. Add to that the discussion and feedback provided by Seminars, all of the staff possessing Office Hours, and the work of the Student Societies in supporting their members, and you can rest assured that no matter the problem, the University will be on hand to support you.
Definitely read ahead. Academic reading will help you to stand out in your UCAS application, and will really help you to hit the ground running when it comes round to studying. Also, when you get to University, don’t be afraid to try new things and meet new people; everyone is really friendly and welcoming.
I’m currently hoping to pursue a career at the Commercial Bar.
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