Students talk about joining through Clearing

Read about the experiences of three of our students who joined through Clearing.

Emma Reilly - BSc (Hons) International Equine and Agricultural Business Management

The clearing process was really easy, after seeing on the RAU’s website in mid-August that they had places left, I phoned up to see what was involved. The admissions staff couldn’t have been more helpful, and although I was almost certain of my decision then, I hadn’t actually been on campus.

Four weeks before starting I got a tour of the campus and even had a sit-down chat with some of the lecturers. Everyone I met couldn’t have been more helpful and this really reassured me that I was making the right choice to study at the RAU.

I would recommend to anyone applying though clearing to ask as many questions as possible whether it be relating to the course, accommodation, finance, or anything else.

One of my worries when applying through clearing was the availability of accommodation on-site, luckily there were a few rooms left and the accommodation office were very helpful ensuring I got all the paperwork in as quickly as possible.

Clearing may seem daunting or hurried, but for me it turned out to be much more straightforward than I had initially thought.

Tatenda Mazorodze - FdSc Agriculture and Farm Management

My first contact with the RAU was when a representative came to visit us at school in Zimbabwe and gave a detailed presentation. This convinced both my father and I that the RAU was the right choice.

I didn’t get the results I needed to do the course I’d wanted at first, but through clearing, was accepted onto the FdSc Agriculture and Farm Management course. In the end, this actually turned out to be the perfect degree for me, because my career aim is to become a farm manager, and this course focuses on showing you how to manage a farm effectively and safely.

All in all there is not much to worry about. The application process is smooth and the admissions team at the RAU are more than willing to answer your questions. They will help you right up until the point you take your first steps onto RAU soil.

I really love the social life at the RAU mainly because there are students from many parts of the world and also from my home country Zimbabwe. This made my transition into the University much easier.

Natasha Watts - BSc (Hons) Bloodstock and Performance Horse Management

I found the clearing process with the RAU to be very easy and much less stressful than I expected!

Having had a change of decision in my further education choice just before receiving my results, I contacted the RAU over email and received a very quick response. I was offered a personal tour of the campus and a one-on-one meet-up with my course director. Both helped immensely in solidifying my decision to apply through clearing.

All staff I talked to were extremely helpful and this has continued through my education at the RAU.

Ask questions to everyone you can: course representatives, student ambassadors, lecturers etc. These really help with the decision process and also give you a greater understanding of life at the RAU

Lots of people think clearing is just for people who don’t get the grades they want, but this was not the case for me, neither is it for some others. Don’t feel singled out and do what you feel is right for YOU!