To mark the arrival of A Level results and the start of Clearing 2020, the University of Bedfordshire has launched a series of special TikTok videos to get young people talking about their Higher Education options.
Whilst school pupils across England receive their A Level results today (13 August) both virtually and in-person from their school or college, the dedicated Clearing team at Bedfordshire has opened their phone lines and online chat rooms, and are ready to help prospective students.
Available to handle enquiries from early morning through until the evening, the University’s admissions team will be on hand throughout A Level results day and over the coming days and weeks to talk through course options, accommodation and necessary funding, as well as answering any questions about how student life and learning will function in the wake of the pandemic.
🗓️In the run up to #AlevelResults and #Clearing2020 @uniofbeds has launched a series of #TikTok videos to encourage aspiring #university students to #GetReady for #Clearing 🏁— University of Bedfordshire News (@uniofbedsnews) August 11, 2020
Check out our first @tiktok_uk #countdown video here 👉👉👉 https://t.co/1qAV8WjecA 🔊 #soundon pic.twitter.com/6qPpEkKN20
Professor Rebecca Bunting, Interim Vice Chancellor, said:
Young people have had to endure much adversity and have shown such resilience during the most crucial part of their educational journey, and we want them to know that the University of Bedfordshire is here to support them. Clearing is a tool for making futures a reality, and our dedicated Clearing staff will be able to assist all applicants through all the stages to starting at university.
With availability on courses across the board, students have a wide range of subjects to consider, from Nursing and Midwifery to Contemporary Art and Graphic Design, and International Business and Tourism Management to Primary Education, Sports Science and Social Studies.
“It’s good to be optimistic and there are plenty of reasons to think that starting university this year can still be an enriching and positive experience, even if Covid19 has brought about change and social distancing requirements,” said David Seaton, Assistant Director of Student Recruitment & Admissions. “Our Clearing team is here for all applicants, no matter what their situation. So whether you want to study a different course, you didn’t perform as well as you’d hoped on your exams, you’re struggling to get hold of funding, or perhaps you weren’t even planning to come to university until next year, rest assured we are here to help – so give us a call today!”
As well as having campuses based in bustling locations and communities across the region, the University boasts award-winning, world-class facilities and buildings – such as the multimillion pound STEM block in Luton, Radio LaB’s recording studios, the historic Putteridge Bury campus and multi-functioning Gateway Building in Bedford – which have all been showcased as part of the University’s special TikTok video series.
Take a mini tour of @uniofbeds facilities at the 'click' of a finger in our latest @tiktok_uk video, featuring @RadioLaB971fm @uoblibrary and #STEM Building 🧪https://t.co/kJX63As3x8 #Clearing2020 #GetReady #Clearing #universitylife pic.twitter.com/28RRoC4nDY— University of Bedfordshire News (@uniofbedsnews) August 12, 2020
Discussing student life in September following the UK’s emergence from lockdown, Ruki Heritage, Director of Student Experience, said: “The University’s main campuses are based in great towns which offer a variety of cultural things to see and do, even whilst social distancing. Luton, Bedford, Aylesbury and Milton Keynes boast lots of green space with outdoor amenities and heritage points of interest. Local cinemas, creative arts facilities, leisure centres, arcades, shops, bars and restaurants are also easily accessible for students to utilise and meet new friends safely.
“Individual courses and Beds SU societies will be hosting plenty of virtual gatherings and meetings as well, to allow students to get a flavour of what’s on offer at the University and introduce them to lifelong friends with similar interests.”
The University’s TikTok videos can be viewed and shared online via social media: www.tiktok.com/@uniofbeds
Prospective students can call the Clearing team now on 0300 3300 703 or speak to them via live chat on www.beds.ac.uk/clearing, where they will be able to talk through their options and queries with an experienced member of the admissions team.
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