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University's top tips for Clearing

Students from the University of Cumbria have made a video to help other pupils who don't get the A Level results they need, or have changed their minds about the university they'd chosen to attend.

'Clearing Top Tips' gives advice on how to get through the Clearing process.

It was put together by Lauren Millar and Joe Mannion, who have both been through Clearing:

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Here are some of their top tips:

  • Get in touch with universities, even if you don't meet the grade requirements - find out what they might be able to offer you
  • Research the courses, and universities, you are interested in
  • Have all your details ready - you'll need your UCAS login, your UCAS ID, qualifications and a pen and paper in case you need to take notes

I always wanted to study Law but didn’t think I’d meet the requirements. The whole day of Clearing I must have rang 30 odd universities to talk about three or four different courses. I really wanted to get a massive range. At the end of the day, I had a list of all the universities I wanted to go to and all the courses I might have a place on and I picked the best one for me.”

– Joe Mannion

Our two students just go to show that if you don’t get the grades for your first choice or, even if you do but think you may have chosen the wrong course or university, entering Clearing can be highly beneficial. Our advice is to give us a call and see what possibilities are open to you.”

– Gill Haigh, University of Cumbria


Whitehaven schools' £33 million funding boost

Work on the £33m development should begin next year. Credit: ITV Border

A £33 million funding package for an education campus and community sports facilities in Whitehaven has now been agreed.

The development will be built on the current site of St Benedict's High School, and construction could start as early as next year.

The facilities will be used by St Benedict's, as well as Mayfield Special School, and the sports facilities will be accessible to the whole community.

This has been a passion of mine for a decade now. The work has been painstaking and at times gruelling but this shows what can be achieved when we all share a common vision.

These investments will be transformative for Whitehaven and for thousands of young people and their families now and in the future. It’s an enormous step forward. New schools, a new hospital, new nuclear investments. We’re building a new and exciting future and our best days are ahead of us."

– Jamie Reed MP


School children meet Tour of Britain mascot

Children with the Tour of Britain mascot Credit: Cumbria County Council

The end of the summer term is always special for school children and ToBi, the official mascot of the Aviva Tour of Britain, helped make it even more magical for two primary schools in Cumbria this week.

Yanwath School near Penrith and All Saints Primary School in Cockermouth are both on the route of the two Cumbrian stages of the big race in September.

ToBi visited the schools to encourage any last-minute entries in the ‘Design the starting flag’ and ‘Design the winner’s jersey’ school competitions, which closes for entrants on the last day of the school term.

The two local sponsors of the competitions, Cockermouth-based automotive engineering business M-Sport and United Utilities were also at the schools to mark their backing of the big race. Both M-Sport (starting flag) and United Utilities (winner’s jersey) will be involved in the judging, with the winners announced at the end of the summer holidays.

The two companies say backing the Cumbrian stages of the UK’s largest free sporting event is an important symbol of their support for the local community, as they recognise the economic and longer-term benefits the Aviva Tour of Britain brings to the county.

Standing from left to right next to the M-Sport rally car behind the seated children from All Saints Primary, Cockermouth are Mr Stretch (Active Cumbria performer), ToBi (Tour of Britain mascot) and John Hilton, Project Director from United Utilities Credit: Cumbria County Council

“Cockermouth will have never seen anything like the start of the Tour before and we’re excited to be getting behind the race. For me, there is no bigger adrenaline rush than being behind the wheel of a world rally car, and I’m sure it’s something similar for the cyclists at the start line of the Tour of Britain.

"I’d like to see the flag competition entries come up with a design that captures all of the excitement, energy and glory that comes with competing at the top level of your chosen sport.”

– Malcolm Wilson, former World Championship rally driver
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