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Published on 15 August 2023

Clearing 2023
Clearing 2023

The University of Sunderland has been having one of its busiest weeks of the year as students take their first step on the road to career success.

Almost 200 University staff and ambassadors have been supporting those going through the Clearing process after receiving their A level, T level and BTEC results on Thursday, August 17.

Francesca Carey, Director of Home Student Recruitment at the University, said: “Results day always brings a mix of emotions ranging from excitement and joy, to nervousness and anxiety. This year grades have been ‘reset’ to align to pre-pandemic achievement – so it is likely we will see fewer students with ‘top grades’ compared with last year.

“At the University of Sunderland, we are well-prepared to support applicants who are exploring new options though Clearing. We know that applicants worry about accommodation and finance, so we have a guaranteed accommodation offer and an opportunity to apply to our main bursary scheme.

“Our Clearing call centre opened at 7.30am on Thursday. Trained staff have already been talking students through their options, including a range of our career-focused courses. We can also book students and their supporters onto our open day, to see first-hand what the University has to offer.”

University staff involved in the Clearing effort, have been answering phones, staffing open days, and offering online support.

There will be a drop-in facility available at City Campus in Sunderland on Thursday, August 17, from 10am-4pm or Friday, August 18 from 10am-3pm, where staff will be on hand to support prospective students. There will also be an open day on Saturday 19 August from 10am-3:30pm.

The Clearing line is 0191 515 3000 and the web page packed with information about events and open days is available here

The University, for the first time ever, made it into the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings in 2023. The result comes after the University was ranked number 50th in the Guardian University Guide 2023 - a rise of 42 places compared to the previous year.


What is Clearing and who is it for?

Clearing is for:

Anyone who has not yet applied for university but wants to enrol on a course in September 2023

Anyone who hasn’t achieved the grades required and who hasn’t been accepted for their first (firm) or second (insurance) choice university

Anyone who has not yet received any offers for a place at a university

Anyone who has changed their mind about their offer for a place at university