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Clearing Students Urged Not to Panic

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Students across Nottinghamshire are being encouraged to weigh up the benefits of studying closer to home, as universities and colleges get ready for a flood of students applying late through Clearing.

In particular Nottingham Trent University says that its staff have been available on the phones since the start of summer talking to students who have changed their minds and now want to study closer to home.

Last year the university had more than 140 call handlers on standby and took over 9,000 calls on A level results day. Each year thousands of students decide to go through Clearing for any number of reasons such as wanting to change their first choice university, or receiving results better or worse than expected.

According to Rachel Atkin, deputy director of external relations at The University of Nottingham, "Clearing and adjustment is definitely worth considering if you get better grades than expected, you are still looking for a place or have had a change of heart and want to change course".

The consensus is to discuss your options with teachers, parents and friends about which courses suit you best before results day, so that if you don't get the results you were after you are ready to make your Clearing phone calls.

However, it's important to remember that although the process can feel fast-paced, it's important to take the time to research the courses you are applying for, as picking your university and course of study is likely to be one of the most important decisions you have had to make.