With A-Level results due out tomorrow (Thursday 15th August), the Clearing operation for this year gets into full swing. There are opportunities out there for those students who haven’t done as well as they expected, as well as for those who have done better than they had hoped, or might have changed their mind about the course or subject they wish to pursue.
The people over at the University of Greenwich have put together a useful animated guide to the clearing process. I hope it is of help to anyone who might be feeling daunted by it, rather than seeing it as a new door of opportunity opening up.
I teach on the BA (Hons) Public Relations and Communications degree at Greenwich, and while the degree has seen a surge in interest, with a record number set to start in September, we are still keeping our doors open for potential recruits during Clearing.
Students who have taken Greenwich PR courses have gone on to great success in the public relations world. Recent graduates Leila Mountford and Arianna Anzaoloni are currently with Weber Shandwick. Graduate of 2011 Thom Will is working in the world of entertainment/drama PR across a string of TV productions on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky at Ian Johnson Publicity. And Ingrid Asoni has just set up her own PR/Events/Lifestyle consultancy in Marrakech!
More details about these and other members of the Greenwich PR student community, and alumni can be found at their Pinterest site, The PR Fraternity.
The degree welcomes a clutch of new lecturers to its courses alongside established lecturers Mark Phillimore, Dr. Nicky Garsten and myself. These include Dr. Ed de Quincey, Kathy Watson, and visiting lecturer Ezri Carlebach, alongside established visiting lecturers who include Rebecca Stiasny and Ann Longley. We are all very excited about the number of guest contributors we have got coming in to do sessions during the course of the year. I have already got sessions confirmed from the Deputy Programme Director of Kiss FM, Simon Long; and from Andy Parfitt, the Executive Director, Talent at Saatchi & Saatchi, Chair of UK Charity, Youth Music, and former Controller of BBC Radio 1, BBC 1Xtra and BBC Asian Network (amongst other BBC responsibilities).
If you think you might be in Clearing and want to know more about the degree, don’t hesitate to contact the Clearing team at the University who will be happy to help you out – and if you still want more, here’s another video that will give you a little bit more of a flavour.
Whatever your results, good luck in navigating your future career options.