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UEL offering advice to A-level students

PUBLISHED: 09:48 18 August 2016 | UPDATED: 10:10 18 August 2016

University of East London students will be visiting schools this morning

University of East London students will be visiting schools this morning

Kiera Hay

University of East London students are visiting schools and colleges this morning to offer advice on A-level results day.

The group will talk to young people who are trying to make decisions about their university options, particularly those who missed out on grades and will be applying through the Clearing process.

They will be visiting NewVIc, Hackney Community College, Tower Hamlets College, Leyton Sixth Form College and Sir George Monoux College.

Gail May, UEL’s head of education and community partnerships, said: “We work throughout the year to help people access good quality information, but we recognise that results day is a big day to lots of people, some getting good news and some not as good as they had hoped.

“We are here to help. We’ve got a huge amount of experience.

“We work with students and perspective students all the time and whatever anxiety pupils are feeling, they can come and talk to us because we can help them work through that.”

UEL is offering the support in conjunction with the charity MyBigCareer and six other London universities.

The event was organised with the idea of giving state pupils, especially those in east London, the kind of exam-day support typically found in private schools.

The UEL team will be comprised of around ten people, about half of them academics. The group includes Kamile Hudson, who is currently studying at UEL for a master’s degree in psychology.

Kamile earned her bachelor’s degree from the University in 2014 after entering through the Clearing process, and said: “I’m doing this because I understand how nerve-racking it was to go through Clearing.

“I want to be a friendly face if they didn’t quite get the results they wanted, and let them know there are routes for everyone.”

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