Published: 29 June 2018

An inspired decision: student Clearing success stories

Do you know what it’s really like to go through Adjustment and Clearing? If you’d like to know more, four students explain why they think their decision to secure a place at Surrey through Clearing was an inspired one.

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Whether you’ve changed your mind about where you want to study or you’re looking for an alternative course due to your exam results, you need not find Clearing and Adjustment to be daunting processes. Our student case studies reveal why.

Diane Heslop, Mathematics

"I ended up going through Clearing, but my experience with Surrey was a very good one.

"I am originally from the north east and didn't know much about universities in other areas of the country. I ended up choosing the University of Surrey mainly because of the great reviews from my teachers about what Guildford was like.

“Coming to Surrey has been the best decision of my life as it has enabled me to become more independent.

“I've met some amazing people, and through the opportunities given to me by the University, including the professional training programme, I've been able to secure a really good graduate job."

Natalie Imani, Law and International Politics 

"Surrey made the Clearing process really smooth and straightforward for me.

"Of the five universities I spoke to, Surrey gave me the highest level of support and reassurance by answering all of my questions and preparing me for my studies.

"I've just finished my first year as a law and international politics student, and what a year it has been! I successfully ran for the position of Vice President of the Law Society, studied French free of charge through the Global Graduate Award and I am currently in Sao Paulo, Brazil on a summer exchange."

Tom Stephens, Business Management

"I applied to Surrey, but missed out on my offer by two grades and was disappointed when I was rejected. I called the Clearing helpline and spoke to a very friendly and helpful volunteer who told me that if I could to get my paper remarked, bringing me up a grade, I would then be accepted. Thankfully this happened, and I have enjoyed a great first year at Surrey.

“Clearing isn't the scary process everyone thinks it is, it’s really easy!

"I would advise anyone who finds themselves in Clearing not to give up, give your university a call because you never know what they could do for you. Clearing is by no means the end of the road, it’s just a stepping stone to the best years of your life!"

Jennifer Jacobson, Business and Retail Management

"When I went through Clearing, Surrey interested me due to its great location. As I didn't get bad high school grades, confirming a place was straight forward and generally a smooth process.

“I have no regrets coming to Surrey as I have developed both personally and professionally.

"The skills I have gained are invaluable, and I feel I have learned a lot from lectures, my peers and the clubs/societies I’ve joined."


Read our top tips for Adjustment and Clearing and learn more about Adjustment and Clearing at Surrey.

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