Students hit phones to snap up Clearing places

As students across the country finally discovered their A-level grades, many of them hit the phones to secure a place on their choice of course.

At the University’s MX Building, more than 50 staff handled a constant stream of calls from the moment the hotline went live at 7am.

By lunchtime, the team had handled more than 2,000 calls and by 4pm that total had risen to about 3,600

And around 7,300 people visited the University’s Clearing webpages, with an overall increase of 20% in general web traffic.

There was also increased activity on the University’s social media channels, with successful applicants taking to Twitter to celebrate.

Academic Registrar Paul Travill said: “It was an early start and as the morning progressed, things got a lot busier. It’s an exciting day for the University and helping people get on the courses they want is very fulfilling.

“For anyone still considering what to do, the best advice is to give us a call to discuss your options, or visit our website, where we have details of the courses we have available.

“We also have an Open Day on Saturday at our Wolverhampton and Walsall Campuses from 10am to 3pm, and this is a great opportunity to look around the facilities and talk to admissions experts and lecturers.

“Part-time study is a good option to consider, particularly if you are either unable to secure a full-time place on the course of your choice, or wish to combine your academic studies with a job. We have part-time places available across a wider range of subjects, and there is improved financial support for part-time undergraduates starting their course from this September.”

The Clearing hotline - 0800 953 3222* - is open between 7am to 7pm today (15 Aug) and from 7am to 5pm tomorrow (16 Aug) and during various hours for the next few weeks. For full details, visit www.wlv.ac.uk/clearing.

There is also a Clearing clinic being held at the City Campus advice centre The Gateway@The George, until 7pm tonight.

*If you are calling from a mobile phone you may incur a charge. The charge will vary depending on your network provider.

ENDS

For more information please contact Chris Jones in the Media Relations Office on 01902 322736

Date Issued: Thursday 15 August 2013

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