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    Listen again: BBC talk Clearing with our Vice-Chancellor

    17 August 2023

    With Clearing opening today, our Vice-Chancellor Professor Ken Sloan has been talking to BBC Radio Shropshire about how the day's been going - and how we can help.

    He told presenter Mark Elliott on the Morning show about the work underway to help prospective students find the course they need - and what to do if they may not have secured their first choice.

    He said: “The most important thing to do is to get in touch with the universities you are interested in and calmly listen to the information they give you.

    "Ask them as many questions as you possibly have, because you are going to make a big decision depending on what you do next, and make sure you make the right decision for you.

    “It’s a really straightforward process - and here at Harper Adams University we have got a team ready to provide any advice that people might want.”

    He explained how universities such as Harper Adams will be holding events which allow prospective students to come and see their campuses, to meet lecturers and other university employees, and to find out more about the courses they are interested in.

    With more than 99 per cent of our full-time undegraduates going on to secure work or further study within 15 months of completing their course, and new plans for investments which will take the University's teaching out into communities in the county, Professor Sloan was keen to remind people in Shropshire of the opportunities available at Harper Adams.

    However, he added, his advice would be the same for students no matter which university they were considering: "The most important thing to do is to reach out to the institutions and let them know that you are interested. 

    "The worst thing to do would be to sit at home for two weeks and then reach out, because a lot of the other applicants will have already been in touch.

    "If someone is intending to go to university this year and they want to secure a place, the best thing to do is start the process, get talking to an institution, ask your questions – but take the decision when you are ready to take it."

    If you missed the interview, you can listen again here at 1h 42 min in.

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