I was keen to start university, but only made the decision late in the year so I applied through clearing. I chose Suffolk as it offered the degree I needed to further my career and flexible part-time study options, meaning I can balance my work, education and personal life.
Before I applied, I attended an open day and met with two of the course lecturers who spent time with me going over the course and answering all my questions. I called the Clearing hotline to apply and after a short chat with the person on the phone, my application was done. None of the questions were difficult as it all related to personal qualifications, experience, and my motivations, and I was accepted the same day, subject to proof of current qualifications.
For anyone considering applying through Clearing I’d say don't be afraid to pick up the phone if you don't understand something. Staff at the University will be happy to guide you through the process
I chose the University of Suffolk because I wanted to work full-time while I studied. The smaller classes and informal contact with lecturers are a real bonus, you get better one-to-one support and being on first name terms with everyone makes for more relaxed learning.
The campus is modern and spacious and right on the Waterfront which is far nicer during down-time than being in the middle of a busy city, though it is only a short walk into the town centre. I am one of the mentors on the Suffolk Life Mentor Scheme giving new students the chance to meet someone to point them in the right direction and get the most out of their time at university and I’ve found the Student Centre great for general queries, they quickly get things sorted. I’m also involved with the SU as Business School Officer and Student Trustee of the SU Board. It’s so easy to get involved helping the SU to grow and thrive and gives all students a better experience.
I work full-time as a Civil Servant and they’ve been fully supportive of my desire to get a degree. I get my timetable well in advance and resources are readily available on Brightspace if I need support outside of university. I never feel guilty approaching my lecturers for additional advice and support. They are always more than happy to give their time and it can really help in the more complicated parts of your course.