Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Busting the Myths around Clearing; Advertising FeatureGoing through the Clearing Process at London South Bank University (LSBU) Gives You the Perfect Opportunity to Become What You Want to Be

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Busting the Myths around Clearing; Advertising FeatureGoing through the Clearing Process at London South Bank University (LSBU) Gives You the Perfect Opportunity to Become What You Want to Be

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Byline: Niki Chesworth

LAST year, more than 60,000 people nationwide took control of their future and applied through Clearing. Surprisingly, not all of them applied simply because they didn't get the grades for their chosen course.

As revealed through a national survey by YouthSight, the top three reasons students applied through Clearing included missing grades for their chosen course, switching courses, and declining all offers made to them by universities. But there are differences between student perception of Clearing and the reality (see table).

"This shows that students don't just come through Clearing as a last resort," says Ian Mehrtens, chief operating officer of LSBU. "This survey demonstrates that, in reality, students exercise a greater degree of control and choice over their Clearing experiences than is perceived by prospective students."

NO BARRIER TO SUCCESS So how well do these students perform once they get in to university? An analysis of more than 3,000 recent LSBU graduates found that students who applied through Clearing matched the success of those who applied earlier in the cycle. There was even a slightly higher result in securing a 2:1 degree. And those graduates who came through Clearing also had a slightly higher chance of being in graduate employment or further study six months after graduating.

"These findings will reassure anyone about to go through the Clearing process that they can do well, leave with a good degree and find themselves a good job," says Mehrtens.

A NEW DIRECTION Chris Underdown came through Clearing at LSBU as he wanted a careerchange. While working on fine art, sound and music installations, he realised that his real interest lay in sound production and enrolled in a BA in Sound Design at LSBU.

"LSBU's course description was more geared towards sound design and experimental sound and I felt that it prepared you more for production in the industry," he says.

Underdown has now gone on to become an app developer, creating his own music discovery app, Choosic, with support from LSBU. "I think that the Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation is the best thing about the university," he says. …

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