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frog

any admissions tutors out there?

I've just polished off some of the weirder late applicants, so I think I may have a few clear weeks before the joy of clearing. Actually, apart from the time it takes up, I have a soft spot for clearing. It livens up a quiet time of year, and is an interesting mix of strategy game and being nice to upset people.

This is my question... do sixth formers ever think about how ridiculous some of their hotmail addresses are? It gives us all a chuckle at least.

frog
Dr Spouse

Me! As I think you know...

I even get emails from some of those addresses when they are applying for jobs and want a reference! Do they really think hot_little_chick@hotmail.com will get them a job? Well, perhaps it will??!

What gets me is the ones where their mum rings up to say "please will you take them, they haven't been well" or even "please will you take them, they are good at Maths really even though they only got an E at GCSE". Or, which I have had, lying to me about them getting a C in their GCSE maths.
frog

oh dear. only about half of our applicants didn't meet their grades. I mean, we only ask for BBC, it shouldn't be that hard!
Still, we can confirm on borderlines and accept through clearing. How we get better applicants in the first place is the wider question.
frog
Dr Spouse

Well, I'm just off to our meeting (having finally persuaded the senior secretary to lend me the admissions secretary to help me sort the 100+forms. Er, that's why she's called the admissions secretary). Will let you know later how many made our grades!
Dr Spouse

Let's just say it might be a good year to do badly on your A levels. Only half of mine have made their grades, too.
frog

bizarrely, I reckon our clearing applicants have a higher grade average than our usual applicants. Mainly due to then not getting into courses that require AAA and then thinking laterally about what else might they do that is just as interesting but doesn't require AAA!
Dr Spouse

I actually think ours might be the same - I work on the principle that if they applied to us in the first place then we can afford to be a bit nicer to them as they have already demonstrated a commitment to us.

We occasionally get failed medics being Psychology, but it actually takes longer to qualify as a clinical psychologist than as a doctor so they often prefer to resit their A levels.
Dr Spouse

Well next year's Admissions round seems to be starting and we are seriously looking at ways to increase our number of applications, since Clearing doesn't seem to work that well for us in terms of numbers (good applicants, but not many of them).

So it's time to think up fun ways to make people apply to us... as after they apply and visit they usually find they like it - but some of them haven't even heard of us before applying.
frog

yes, same problem here. Our best tactic is the general open days (pre-UCAS) over the summer where we pair up with bigger better known subjects.

BTW: have you been being hounded about 'Unistats'? My goodness, the whole of higher education is being turned into one big focus group. Luckily, we come out well compared to our competitors, but I still think it's a rum game.
Dr Spouse

We're a large and well-known subject but we have also been concentrating on the pre-application open days this year and it seems we've hit the jackpot! Applications are up and everyone is very happy.

Phew!

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