Friday, 5 September 2014

Welcome to the University of Greenwich!

Congratulations to everyone who is coming to join us this September.

It has been a long road through Clearing but we are nearly out of the other side. Clearing is always a stressful and exciting time for all of us here at in the Enquiry Unit. We have every type of enquirer calling and chatting with us this year. A few criers, worried mothers and over the moon excited new students. Each call or chat came with its own problems to overcome but when you are able to say the words ‘Welcome to the University of Greenwich’ we are nearly as excited as the student.

What’s next?

Now it is time to start planning your first few weeks with us. It’s all about moving in, making yourself at home and meeting new people.

Here are a few of my favourite things that are going on during fresher’s fortnight.

You can check out the whole list here -

Welcome BBQ - Sparrows - Free Entry
14th September noon - 15th September midnight Sparrows Farm - Avery Hill

Ikea Trip
15th September 3pm - 7pm Meeting at Bar Latitude
A perfect opportunity to pick up anything you have forgotten and let’s not lie Ikea is such a fun day out.

Freshers Fair! - Avery Hill
16th September 10am - 4pm Avery Hill

Team Greenwich Goes Nautical
17th September 8pm - 1am Sparrows Bar
Wednesday nights is when the sports teams usually have their socials. That means that Sparrows is busy, cheap and always a good night out. (Plus I want to wear my sailors hat)

Freshers Fair! - Greenwich
18th September 10am - 4pm Greenwich

Cheerleading Club Meet and Greet
19th September 6pm - 8pm The Dance studio, Sparrows (Avery Hill)
Come down meet the team and see what cheerleading is all about. Plus everyone is going to Sparrows afterwards.

Harry Potter Studio Tour
21st September 11:30am - 6pm

Meet at Bar Latitude for a trip to the place behind the magical world of Harry Potter.

Cheerleading Club - Taster Session
23rd September 6:15pm - 8pm Sparrows Farm Dance Studio
Come hang out with the Mermaids

Tony Lee - X Rated Hypnotist
23rd September 7pm - 1am Sparrows Bar
Hold on to your seats, morals and thoughts.

They are just some of the things I’m planning on getting up to during fresher’s. If you’re not a big drinker and you’re worried that you will fill left out. You will be fine! We have loads of non-drinking activities like trips to the Zoo, comedy club or roller disco.

Well Ciao for now. 

Thursday, 4 September 2014

A little of something different!

So, many of you that have been keeping up to date with the Clearing Diary have read about how much fun we’ve all had as part of the Clearing 2014 team. Everyone I have spoken to in the Clearing hall has agreed that clearing has been quite the experience for us, but it is nearly time to step back into our former roles, as lectures are starting soon!

Our Clearing team this year has been made up of a mix of full time staff, graduates and current students – meaning we can draw on our own experience in order to assist applicants and enquirers. From questions about accommodation, to highlighting the perks of being on our main campuses or studying at our partner colleges. It means we can understand the stresses of waiting for an offer to change on UCAS, because we’ve been there.

It also means that a number of us know the ropes for when you arrive! A lot of the current and returning students will have experienced lots of the Freshers’ events, including the Freshers’ ball and the famous Ikea trip – a must, if I say so myself. Many people will also have experience in sports teams, clubs and societies, which I’ve found to be a great way to meet people in your first couple of weeks.

The Student Life Blogs are also a great way to get to grips with what it may be like to be a student here. There is a wealth of information available on these; the regular bloggers (including me) do love talking about what we do, both as part of our programmes and outside. We also have our social media pages, both from the university and various societies. These can include subject-based societies, such as the psychology society, so there really is something for everyone!

So if you are holding an offer of a place with us, congratulations. There is plenty for you to see and do in your first few weeks here, and we look forward to seeing you soon J

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Making A Clearing Application in Person

During August I have been part of the Clearing Team based at Greenwich Maritime campus (Queen Mary Building), where prospective students can come in and make their application in person.   A full team of four staff will remain for the rest of this week but even after this, for courses where we are still recruiting, you can make an application in person at Greenwich campus (office QM61).   We are a friendly bunch and can talk you through the process – including registering with UCAS, online applications, applying through clearing, transcripts, qualifications, IELTS, etc.


Having secured your place with us, registration is the next challenge to be faced.  Part 1 registration is online and Part 2 is where you bring your ID and certificates into the campus. 

Especially important if you are travelling any distance, before setting out on a journey to the university itself, check what campus, day and time has been assigned to your particular programme for Part 2 registration. It can be frustrating to arrive at the university with all your qualifications only to be told – come back another day! Specific details are on our website, so check before you set off!

And Finally….

Enjoy your time at university and embrace all opportunities offered to you.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Query Tracker - Registration process

Exciting times Yay! We have had a wonderful time at the Enquiry Unit, helping tons of students start their educational journey through Clearing. Now the next phase is completing Part 1 and 2 of the Online Registration, getting your timetable and organising family/work life to ensure you meet all your learning schedules.

Online registration commences from Thursday 28 August 2014 for new students in the Faculty of Business and the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities. This can be undertaken at any web-linked PC in the UK. PCs are available on site in both the Registration Hall or in Queen Anne Open Computing Laboratory (Room 277, 2nd floor) in Greenwich.

Students from the Greenwich Campus may attend Avery Hill* to complete their registration. In particular the students from the Architecture, Computing and Humanities Faculty are positively encouraged to register early so that you have a Greenwich Gateway Card to enter Stockwell Street. See the table below for dates when you can register at each campus.

Registration for Part 1 online registration process consists of eight stages, which must all be completed before moving on to Part 2.

Part 2 is completed at any of the three campuses.

Within the online registration process, you will be able to query important information should you think it  is incorrect. For example, your course, your fees, etc. These queries are picked up by our staff who will then answer your queries on the system. In some instances, these queries will stop you from continuing registering. This is to ensure you only proceed with correct information. You may also be stopped automatically within the process, usually so that we can check your fees before you reach the fee payment stage. All queries appear at the start of the online registration process in your 'Query Tracker'.

The Query Tracker is our query management system, where all registration queries show. There, you can follow the progress of each query, checking its status, which will show either

Good luck and I wish you the best in the new sessions


Friday, 29 August 2014

We're still open!

OK guys, so you might be thinking Clearing is over now…results day was some time ago and it is the end of August after all… but the reality is…Clearing is still open and will be open pretty much right up until the end of September.

Although some of our more popular courses, such as our Nursing courses, Computing & Information courses, Marketing & Tourism courses, Paramedic Science, Midwifery and PGCE Secondary Education (PE) courses are now full for September 2014, there are still a wide range of courses which are still available.

Courses including Architecture, History and Politics, Literature, Language & Theatre, Mathematical sciences, Law, Accounting & Finance, Business, Psychology & Counselling, Engineering, Pharmacy and Life Sciences are all available through Clearing at the moment. For a full list of courses available in each faculty please visit:

Those of you who think haven’t met our entry requirements for the traditional undergraduate degree courses can opt to do a two year full time foundation degree or HND at one of our partner colleges and then do a 1 year top-up degree to obtain the full three year undergraduate degree. Please visit: for more information.

Once you have decided on the course you would like to apply for and have registered with UCAS, please give us a ring on 02083319000 and one of our friendly Clearing staff will be able to look through your UCAS application and make a clearing application. Alternatively you can apply through ‘chat’ by visiting Applicants for our PGCE programmes however need to apply through UCAS UTT by visiting:

Good Luck! J

Thursday, 28 August 2014

The Thought Process/ All About The Future:

Hi everyone!

First of all, congratulations to everyone who received their A-level results on the 14th August.

Sometimes, you just need to take the time to think about what the future holds for you. Right now it's the whole thinking process that's important because it will allow you to think about the possible routes that you could take in life. You could go and get a job if you feel like you have had enough of education for a while or you may feel that going to university to get a degree is the best route for you. If so, have a think about the university that you want to go to and the course that you want to study.

Now, you have the opportunity to through Clearing and go to the university of your choice. This thought process never stops. You also need to think about the location of the university in terms of whether you want to move away or stay at home. Some universities are having Clearing Open Days to give you the chance to get a feel of what the university is like and give you more information about the course that you would like to study. The main thing is to get applying because although universities have spaces left, these spaces are filling up fast.

If you're not sure about something or have a query, we are here to help. You can drop an email to where we will try and respond to you as soon as possible or you can give us a call on 0208 331 9000. Alternatively, you can talk to us via our Live Chat services.

All in all, I wish you the best of luck in the future, whatever you decide to do.



Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Online Registration

So it has been a very, very busy few weeks here in the Clearing Team. We made it through Results Day but now comes the drive for all those who can finally register onto their programmes. Most new students and continuing students will be able to register this week through the Online Registration on the Portal. This is the first step to finalising your place with us. Here are a few tips for new students especially who may be a bit confused at this time:

1. Check your emails and junk folder- an email letting you know you can register has been/will be sent to you.

2. Take your time and read everything- make sure all the information is correct

3. If you get stuck at any point, post a query or contact the Enquiry Unit on LiveChat or call us at 020 8331 9000

4. Complete all the steps- when you see the confirmation you are done!

5. Don't forget new students have to come in to a campus and complete Part 2 Registration

All information about registration can be found here:

Once this is done, sit back and enjoy starting your journey at University. We're all looking forward to meeting you in September! First week timetables for new students are already available on the website for your induction week here: and continuing students should have their timetables confirmed soon.

For those of you who may not yet have applied to us, we still have spaces on many programmes and we'd love for you to join us. Give us a call or chat with us and we'll see what programmes we can offer you!