Students from the University of Cumbria will be over 450 miles into a 1000-mile tour of Northern England and Ireland by the end of this week, helping people to find their place at university.
So far, students have taken over 450 enquiries from people looking to start university this year or next. Students have spoken to people from such far off places as Colombia and one individual is known to have travelled 105 miles from his home in Dublin to visit the bus in Belfast just to get some advice.
The tour kicked off in Belfast on Monday 30 July, then called in at Liverpool, Southport and Blackpool. It will then stop off at Manchester and Bolton by the end of the week and its next stops include Morecambe, Lancaster and Carlisle as well as Newcastle, Barrow and Cockermouth over the next couple of weeks. To follow the bus on tour, a handy graphic appears on the website https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/clearing/tour/
The bus is wrapped in striking graphics and bright colours and is part of the university’s clearing campaign ahead of A-level results day, next week.
The university has put together a whole host of supportive tools on its website to help potential students discover their destiny.
Through research, the university developed a number of job clusters to describe different careers sought by potential students. ‘Business makers’, ‘educators’, ‘outdoor explorers’ and ‘life savers’, to name a few, and the university is providing tailored advice according to aspiration. https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/clearing/
“One of things that makes us really different is that we have a really supportive and personal environment where we treat you as an individual, not a number”, said Jayne Pugh, Director of Marketing and Recruitment at the University of Cumbria.
“You’ll get direct support from your tutors, you’ll get mentoring, and you’ll get real-life work experience that really puts you ahead of the field for the future.”
“We know that the things that we do are the things that change lives and we know that the things that we teach are the things that inspire people to go out and be the world changers and the people who make a difference, not just in Cumbria, but across the world.“
The bus has received lots of positive feedback on social media, including a tweet from alumnus, Adam Peel, when the bus visited Liverpool earlier this week.
“As a former Cumbria student, great to see UoC at my place of work! Stopped by on my lunch break, recommend anyone looking for a great uni to do so as well @albertdock, got me where I am today!
And this from Bespoke Minds on LinkedIn, “What an awesome idea I am sure everyone involved will bring the project alive! This is exactly what Carlisle and Cumbria need, born leaders to promote and project what a fantastic place we are based to live and learn.“
The university is offering a dedicated clearing hotline, which opens at 6am on Thursday 16 August. The number to ring is 0333 305 4612.
Anyone considering clearing can pre-register for a call back and be first in the queue by entering their details on the website. https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/clearing/
There are also open days at every campus on Saturday 18 August. Visit the website to register https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/study/open-events/