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UniAdmissions · 17/08/2022 18:13

Hello

Ahead of A Level results day, I thought I'd see whether anybody wanted to ask any questions about university admissions or clearing.

I only have experience of one university so obviously can't answer for all but will try my best with any general questions.

I'll be working long hours for the next few days helping students who have just got their results but for some reason I thought I'd offer my services early!

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OrangeBlossom28 · 17/08/2022 21:51

I thought that might be the case but want sure if the embargo applied to universities too in terms of the timings for tomorrow. Hopefully the UCAS website doesn't crash!

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UniAdmissions · 17/08/2022 21:50

@OrangeBlossom28 No, nothing is allowed to be communicated before 8am tomorrow.

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OrangeBlossom28 · 17/08/2022 21:49

Are the universities who have been firmed or insured likely to email confirmation of a place prior to the 8am timing?

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Dogsinpajamas · 17/08/2022 21:48

UniAdmissions · 17/08/2022 20:41

@Dogsinpajamas She just needs to wait to be given an unconditional offer and she can then contact the admissions team of the university directly and ask for her offer to be deferred. I'm sorry to hear about her mental health, I hope a year out helps her to recover.

Thank you

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UniAdmissions · 17/08/2022 21:44

@Weekendersonourown Ah if it's based within a traditional academic dept then you should probably ignore my tips and just focus on reassuring them that you will never ever make any changes to their ridiculously outdated processes ;)

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Weekendersonourown · 17/08/2022 21:41

Thanks so much, interview tips are just what I was hoping for ;)

It's interesting because it's very different from my current former poly and is based in an academic dept in a more traditional institution. Potentially a big change for me.

Thanks again and all the best for this week! And apologies to all the parents of applicants for the hijack!

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UniAdmissions · 17/08/2022 21:40

@butterflyflutterby123 You’re welcome :) I’m not sure ‘prefer’ is the right term but we can assess with a much greater degree of certainty so it’s easier in many ways. I’m not sure whether you mean she would apply via clearing this year or wait and apply next year? If she gets better grades than the ones she was predicted which were rejected then it would definitely be worth speaking to the uni’s clearing line to find out whether they would now be willing to accept her.

Actually, if it’s still her dream course then she may as well call to enquire about clearing even if she gets the predicted grades which were rejected. There’s always a chance that the course has under-recruited and lowered requirements as a result.

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FAQs · 17/08/2022 21:37

@UniAdmissions thank you really appreciate it

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butterflyflutterby123 · 17/08/2022 21:31

Thank you so much for helping out!

DD has a place at a good uni but was rejected from her dream course and is trying to decide if to reapply. Is it true that unis prefer real to predicted grades?

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PiggyInTheMiddleagain · 17/08/2022 21:31

UniAdmissions · 17/08/2022 21:29

@Allthegoodusernamesareused No, I'm afraid not. There's a very strict embargo which means nothing can be communicated before 8am tomorrow.

So tell her to get some sleep :)

Thought not. I shall tell her! Thank you 😊

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UniAdmissions · 17/08/2022 21:29

@Allthegoodusernamesareused No, I'm afraid not. There's a very strict embargo which means nothing can be communicated before 8am tomorrow.

So tell her to get some sleep :)

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UniAdmissions · 17/08/2022 21:27

@Weekendersonourown Hello, congratulations on the interview! I’m guessing that’s a coordinator/management role? If so, I think the key is to show that you’re capable of looking at the processes from a more strategic point of view. Things I would be considering are staffing, systems (process improvements) and relationships with the wider university.

Staffing: do you have enough, are they deployed across the right tasks for the right amount of time (at the right time), are there any training issues which could be addressed.

Systems: are they working as well as they could (I imagine not based on my experience!), what are the quick wins, how can you improve efficiency and access to information.

Internal relationships: These are key if you want to change the processes with the academic schools and gain buy in from them. Smooth communications with other depts can also be crucial, such as registry, international, marketing etc.

Does the department deal with international applications? If so, many universities have seen a huge increase in overseas apps this year and admissions depts are struggling to cope so it’s a hot topic. You might want to think about how much extra resource is required (and whether this should be long term or fixed term in case of it being a temporary increase).

I don’t think you need the answers to these questions at this stage but just showing an awareness of the wider issues would be good.

I hope you did mean interview tips and not tips for how to cope with the role! Good luck!

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Allthegoodusernamesareused · 17/08/2022 21:23

Hi, my daughter has heard a rumour that suggests that if she logs in to UCAS after midnight, she'll be able to see if her first choice is confirmed. Is there any truth in that (am assuming not..)

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Weekendersonourown · 17/08/2022 21:13

@UniAdmissions possible thread hijack alert but I have a job question for you...

I worked as an admissions assistant for years, entering offers based on points in a central admissions team plus other general admissions stuff, clearing, etc. I then moved on up to a different kind of professional services role which is neither student not applicant facing, and more project based, and now have an interview coming up for an admissions role at a higher grade than before (5). Any tips?!?

Good luck to everyone tomorrow 🤞

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SeeSawDaw · 17/08/2022 21:11

Thank you @UniAdmissions - best wishes for tomorrow!

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UniAdmissions · 17/08/2022 21:08

@SeeSawDaw That’s a good question and not one I’ve been asked before so I don’t have a lot of knowledge on this I’m afraid. Although we generally prefer to speak to the student directly, as long as they give permission for us to speak to a third party we can speak to parents if necessary so you could step in if needed. We don’t expect students to confirm over the phone whether they want to accept an offer, it’s more a fact-finding mission at that point. It’s normal for students to speak to several unis and then take a bit of time to digest their options before entering their choice in UCAS.

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shopsalot · 17/08/2022 21:06

Thanks @UniAdmissions that makes sense

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unlimiteddilutingjuice · 17/08/2022 21:06

Thanks UniAdmissions Thats going to be tough but potentially doable.

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UniAdmissions · 17/08/2022 21:04

@marcopront Yes, absolutely. It's a very well respected qualification worldwide and I'd be surprised if any UK university didn't accept it.

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UniAdmissions · 17/08/2022 21:03

@shopsalot We prioritise offer holders who narrowly miss the grades over clearing applicants. We’d rather accept students who have nearly met the requirements and have shown commitment to our university by accepting us as their firm choice. The alternative is to enter the course into clearing, which is a gamble and could potentially risk us having to lower requirements even further to fill places. I can only speak for my university’s policy on this though! Also, it’s definitely possible to upgrade in certain circumstances because we don’t just lower the bar far enough to fill the course, we only lower it a little.

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SeeSawDaw · 17/08/2022 20:59

Is there any support you know of during clearing for those students with autism? We may be facing clearing tomorrow and it's going to cause us a few problems as my DC is not confident on the phone due to processing issues, so needs time to understand what is being offered. They'll already be extremely anxious if they don't get the university they wanted (esp as it's our closest one) so will really need that "take-up time".

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UniAdmissions · 17/08/2022 20:58

@Coursha This varies a lot by course and institution. In some cases personal statements aren’t really considered, which I know is a shame given how much work goes into them. However, in other cases they do make a real difference to the decision. This is especially true in cases where there is anything unusual about the application which a personal statement can help to explain or where the course has high standards.

When I say high standards, I don’t necessarily mean the highest grades though. For example, we select applicants to interview for our nursing courses and the interview selection process would take the personal statement into consideration. We would then do another selection process at interview. We don’t require the highest grades to enter the nursing courses but we do have high standards when it comes to motivation and personal skills/experience.

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marcopront · 17/08/2022 20:58

Do you take students who have done the IB diploma?

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shopsalot · 17/08/2022 20:53

Thanks so much for answering questions.

How do you decide / prioritise candidates if the course has not reached capacity - do you prioritise students with offers but a lower grade achievement first (AAB rather than conditional AAA) or would you take someone who had previously been rejected as predicted grades were lower but achieved grades were higher? I suppose this is asking if someone could upgrade their course / uni but also trying to understand the chances of getting on the course if slightly miss the grades. Could go either way with DC!

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UniAdmissions · 17/08/2022 20:52

Hi @SconesJamthenCream I don't actually know the answer to that as an overall picture yet I'm afraid. I've seen a mixture of stories in the press but I only know as much as you, sorry!

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