Julian Thomson

Julian Thomson

RGU student, Julian, had originally pursued a Law degree at another university but soon discovered the course and location wasn’t right for him so he turned to Clearing.

What did you know about Clearing before you went through the process?

Before applying through the clearing process, I knew that it was an option for those who either didn’t get the grades required for their first or second choice through UCAS or for anyone who changed their mind after they had received and accepted their offers. I viewed it as a sort of ‘fail-safe’ option for Uni applicants. I had never really thought about it much though and had never considered using it before.

What were the circumstances that resulted in you applying through Clearing?

I had previously been studying Law at a different University and was planning to change University, as I was not enjoying the experience. I did apply to continue my legal studies through UCAS at a different institution, however, came across the Digital Marketing course at RGU. I had been considering moving to Aberdeen for a while and had previous experience working in communications and marketing. Upon researching the course and seeking advice from trusted friends, it seemed like this course was going to be a good fit for me and allow me to use my creative flair in ways that Law hadn’t enabled me to do.

How would you describe the process?

The process of going through clearing was simple and the staff in Admissions at RGU were so helpful. They explained what would happen each step of the way and made me feel comfortable. I was a little embarrassed to be transferring from what can be seen as quite a prestigious discipline into something a little more relaxed and creative. The admissions staff handled this with sensitivity and kindness. As a care experienced student, they also reassured me of the extra support that would be available through RGU, should I need it.

What were some of your highlights whilst studying at RGU?

One of the main highlights of studying at RGU has been the commitment shown by the staff leadership team, getting students back on campus post-Covid, as soon as possible. The first semester was incredibly hard, learning mostly online. It was such a relief to know that the staff understood the challenges this posed, especially in terms of building relationships with fellow students. Another highlight of my time at RGU has been the help and support staff have given me. They have often gone out of their way to be helpful and offered additional, industry-led experience and advice that has proved useful both within and out-with my studies.

Would you recommend applying through Clearing to others?

I would definitely recommend applying through Clearing to others. I spent such a long time planning my future and making ‘sensible’ decisions. Planning is important, but sometimes life throws you new opportunities, which you have to take and I am so glad that I grasped the opportunity to study at RGU with both hands.

About Clearing

From 5 July, we will be taking applications through Clearing via UCAS. It is your opportunity to apply to the Scottish University of the Year even if you don’t get the exact required grades, have not previously applied, or have previously declined our offer. Clearing is open to anyone who does not have a place at university starting this September, or even if you have a place but have changed your mind on the course or university you want to study at.

We try to take account of all the results and your individual circumstances, and even if your first choice is not available, we may be able to offer you a place on a similar course, so it’s always worth getting in touch.

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