Monday, 19 September 2011

Clearing 2011 now closed

So, finally it’s all over. Clearing at the University of Greenwich has now officially closed as we have filled up all our places for this September. For those of you who have managed to get a place at the university, Congratulations! I hope you got into the programme of your choice and have a great experience studying at the University.

For those that were unfortunately unsuccessful in getting a place with us, perhaps you might consider applying to one of our partner colleges. They may still have places on some courses. If you would like their phone numbers call us in the Enquiry Unit on 0208 331 9000 and we will point you in the right direction.

If you are still keen on coming to Greenwich this year, you might also consider applying for a part-time programme. It’s not too late to apply as we are still taking applications for some programmes (again call us to find out more). The applications for them do not even need to go through UCAS as you would apply directly to us through our website.  If you get confused call us and we should be able to get you through any problems with that.

For those who have decided that they will not be going to university this year, you may want to apply to start next year. It would be best if you made this application NOW rather than wait until Clearing 2012. If this current application cycle is any indication, next will be pretty busy. The UCAS deadline for September 2012 will be 15 January 2012 so get your applications in early to avoid disappointment as a lot of courses (especially Teaching, Paramedic, Midwifery and Nursing programmes) do fill up really quickly. You will find all the important dates in the UCAS cycle @ http://www.ucas.com/parents/dates#2012
 
In closing I would like to wish all of you the best of luck with whatever it is you have decided to do, whether you are starting a new course at university for the first time, a continuing student or have decided that university life is not for you (this year at least ...) Take it from my personal experience ... you will be back!!

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Filling in a UCAS form

Whenever you are filling in a UCAS form, always ensure that you complete each section thoroughly. It goes without saying that you must enter all the qualifications you have achieved in your lifetime. This will then make it easier for the academics to assess your application.
Always try and complete your application fully and submit it as early as possible. The closing deadline for 2012 applications is 15 January. Submitting applications after this date will mean that it is a late application.
When making a UCAS application, always try and make sure you apply for one course, and not two different courses with one university (this is especially important for main cycle applicants). Applying for one particular course, shows dedication and genuine interest for that course and it will seem that you are more likely to commit to that course, instead of applying to the same university for two or three different courses. You will find it much easier and simpler to complete your personal statement when applying for just one course, as you can justify the reasons and interests you have for that particular course.
Finally, always make sure that you submit a reference with your application form. Your referee has to be someone you know on a professional basis,  e.g. personal tutor, class teacher or even your GP/doctor.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Risky time

It is over two weeks since A Level Day and with the main part of Clearing past we are now looking on to the start of term. On-line registration is the next step for all the students starting at Greenwich University this September. Each person will receive a username and password via email that will allow you to log on to the university portal and register.  If you have any problems the university has a student helpline who are here to help.
If you are still looking for a place make sure you have your personal ID number and clearing reference number and do not refer yourself on UCAS until an offer has been made to you. It is risky at this stage to give up a certain place to go through Clearing so think more than twice if you fancy a change. Time is of the essence.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Just an update!

Congratulations to all if you have secured your place for University this year especially through Clearing!
This Clearing has been eventful to say the least... Our schools are filling up their places for recruitment this year. I must admit and say that it is a very different Clearing as opposed to the previous year. I have had to deal with a lot of disappointed callers this year because their exam results did not play the part. I have tried my best to ensure alternative arrangements were made e.g. foundation degrees etc.
Please wait for offer emails to be sent out before you select institutions and courses on UCAS track. The offer email will have clear instructions on what you need to do. I have experienced high volumes of queries regarding this issue. It delays the process even more... If you are unsure call us!!!
If we are your firm choice and we are yet to make a decision on your place please bare with us. If you have not met your point requirements then it might be the case whereby you are going to be offered an alternative course. However, I must stress that this is not guaranteed.
Hope this helps!!!

Friday, 26 August 2011

Not long to go

We are still taking applications for programmes that are still open even though the main Clearing cycle has ended so do not hesitate to give our hotline a call for a programme that you are still interested in. Below is a link of programmes that we still available however please be aware that these vacancies are subject to change.
For those of you who have been successful with a place, congratulations!  Here are just a few reminders of what you should be thinking about over the next few weeks.
1.       Halls of residence
If you are considering living on campus and have not applied for accommodation then you should do so as soon as possible to secure a place. If you have not been able to apply then visit the accommodation gateway link below and complete the application form there to begin the process. You will also need your banner ID number to apply for accommodation. This is a nine digit number beginning with triple zero (000).
2.       Registration Part 1
There are two parts to registering as a student. For part one of registration you will need your username and password to gain access into the University of Greenwich portal. These details should have been sent to you via the email account you provided to us when you initially applied. If you have yet to receive these details, do not panic, you can check your spam or junk mail to see if the email was accidentally sent there. If you are still having trouble accessing these details contact the clearing hotline and we will be able to check if you are eligible to register at this point in time.
3.       Registration Part 2
For details of the second part of registration, you can give the hotline a call if you haven´t received the information in the post, to find out the specific date, time and location i.e. campus or partner college for your programme. Visit the link below to for further information on registration and the documents you need to bring along with you.
Best wishes J

Thursday, 25 August 2011

“Here to Help...”

Here at the Reception Desk in the Queen Mary Building on the Greenwich Campus we are dealing with a plethora of diverse enquiries encompassing all facets of applying to University, questions concerning “what happens next” and “when do we register”, how changing a course during Clearing affects Student Finance applications, how the process of adjustment works with UCAS and information regarding work placements at University to name but a few. We are here to help you, to assist you in registering and making applications through UCAS, to liaise with academic staff in relation to your application, to answer any questions you may have, allay any fears that may concern you. Come and talk to us at Reception if you wish to discuss anything pertaining to the University of Greenwich and its environs.
As the title says, we’re here to help...

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Clearing@Greenwich

So, results day has been and gone. It’s hard to believe that it’s already a week! We have been working so hard here that time has just flown by.

The telephone team are still busy taking your calls, answering all your queries and taking applications where they can. If you don’t get through first time, please keep trying as we are still extremely busy.

If you’re looking to find out if a course still has any places available, check out our Clearing pages for a list of vacancies:  http://www.gre.ac.uk/courses/clearing/vacancies

You can also email us your Clearing related queries through clearing@gre.ac.uk, but please remember that we cannot take an application via email – you’ll still need to talk to one of our telephone operators on 020 8331 9000 (or +44 (0) 20 8331 8590 if you’re outside the UK).

Good luck with your Clearing applications!