Tell us a bit about yourself and how you became a student at UA92?
Hi, my name is Jack and I’m a BA(Hons) Sports journalism student at UA92. I came through the Clearing process in August 2020. I was researching sports-related courses in the Manchester area when I came across UA92. I liked what I saw. Their approach was different to the other Universities I looked at, in terms of the study model and the setup, it just seemed like something that was definitely for me. I gave them a call on the spur of the moment and the rest is history as they say.
How did you find the clearing application process?
It was really straightforward and much easier than I was expecting. I called UA92 on the spur of the moment so I wasn’t really prepared. I was pleased that my call got answered really quickly and the advisors were really knowledgeable. The student recruitment team talked me through everything, they helped me every step of the way.
What did you have to do once you decided you wanted to study at UA92?
I already had my results so I was able to choose whether to apply through UCAS or directly to UA92. They talked me through both options step by step. It was a really straightforward application process so I’d encourage people not to be put off. You think there’d be hundreds of forms to fill in but it’s not like that at all.
Was finding the right clearing choice a stressful process?
No, not really! It’s a big decision but once I’d decided what I wanted to do it wasn’t nearly as stressful as I thought it was going to be. I was accepted really quickly so I didn’t have to wait around not knowing what was happening and I got lots of information really quickly about when I’d start and registration.
Do you think you made the right decision?
Some people have a negative view of Clearing but for me, it was probably the best thing that I did. I was doing unfulfilling jobs and wanted to change my reality. So, I thought I’d take a bit of a chance. I didn’t over analyse it I just saw an opportunity and went for it.
How have you found your UA92 experience so far?
I have done some incredible things already. I’ve had the opportunity to work with Kevin Palmer through the Sunday World as part of my Sports Journalism course. I’ve worked with Gary Neville as well and done a lot of things for his Relentless brand, which is something I now do as a part-time job to support myself financially. For me, being a Man United fan and working for Gary is a dream come true. I'm also really proud of the work I've done in the first four modules and can't wait to get stuck into my second year!
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