More about Yusuf
How did you enter into Clearing?
I waited until I had my results to apply to university, so went straight through Clearing. This was something that not a lot of people are even aware you can do, and some really wish they had given themselves more time instead of rushing to meet the January UCAS deadline. One reason I did this was because my predicted grades were very uncertain, however it was mostly because I wanted to take my time deciding what and where I wanted to study at university. Higher education is a great commitment, and so I needed more time to be sure that it was right for me. I did quite a bit of research on the NTU website before results day, so I knew which courses had spaces. I even visited Clifton and City campuses at the June open day, where there was a stand dedicated to help potential 2019 entrants. Combined, this all meant that when I opened a good set of results on results day, I was quick on the phone to the NTU Clearing team, who were so helpful.
Why did you choose to apply to NTU?
One reason I applied to NTU was because I really enjoyed the open day. I found the staff and campuses welcoming and helpful, and this really made my decision easy. I loved (and still do) Nottingham - coming from a rural area, city life was such an upgrade. The shopping, restaurants and entertainment are second to none, as is the award-winning public transport network! I also felt comfortable picking NTU because of their strong reputation. In recent years they have won many awards, including the Guardian’s University of the Year 2019! The course information on the website was exciting and detailed.
Can you tell us what you experienced during the Clearing process?
Prior to receiving my results, I compiled a list of courses that I thought I would really enjoy and succeed in. Upon returning home I was able to call NTU’s dedicated Clearing hotline and was put through instantly. The team were useful and kind, even though some UCAS complications! After giving them the relevant details, GCSE and A level grades etc, they were able to make me an offer on the phone and a formal offer was put onto my UCAS. If I accepted the offer on the same day, NTU would guarantee campus accommodation – this was invaluable! Upon accepting, I was also called by my course leader who informed me of any pre-arrival tasks I needed to complete and was able to answer any questions I had.
How have you settled into your course and NTU?
I’ve settled in so well! I’ve made friends for life, completed my best work ever and achieved my highest grades yet! I’ve particularly enjoyed partaking in events with societies and will even be on the Politics and International Relations society committee next year.
What do you like most about the course, and do you think you’ve made the right decision?
I really like my course because it has encouraged me to think in ways that we weren’t previously encouraged to do so at A-level. The level of knowledge and analysis required is so much deeper, and I feel constantly engaged and challenged to complete great pieces of work. The extra few months I had to decide what I wanted to do has proved vital and has made me so confident in my decision. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else and enjoying it as much!
What do you think about the course staff, how do they support your learning and University experience?
The understanding and support I receive from the staff on my course are second to none, and I feel privileged to learn from such talented academics. They are always on hand to answer any queries, in office hours or email. In particular, the detailed feedback we receive on pieces of work really help us to constantly improve.
What do you like about studying and living in Nottingham?
I love how student-friendly the city is. The vast range of shops, restaurants and bars never ceases to amaze me, and most places offer student discount. The nightlife is so enjoyable - whether you prefer a quiet cocktail or a gig at Rock City, there’s definitely something for everyone!
In a nutshell, why would you recommend your course / NTU to someone looking to study in that area?
My course and my surroundings constantly inspire me to work harder and create my best work. The social opportunities between campuses are vast too, you’re guaranteed to meet friends for life!
What advice would you give someone thinking about going through Clearing?
Definitely do your research before results day and get to an open day if you can. Consider what courses may interest you, what campus you’d be studying on and what your results may look like. Feel free to pick up the phone and speak to someone if you’re unsure on anything, the team are always happy to help!
What are you most looking forward to in the two/three years at NTU?
Next year I’m looking forward to being on the Politics and International Relations society committee, as well as going out on placement in third term! I’m also so excited to tailor my course to my interests, furthering my studies through the modules I have just picked.
Our guide to Clearing will answer your questions about the Clearing process, how you’ll know if you are eligible, and how to choose the right university for you.