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Leeds University begins drive to attract students through clearing

The University of Leeds is preparing for clearing as it hopes to attract more students to study at the higher education establishment in the autumn.

Speaking with the Yorkshire Post, Vice Chancellor Professor Michael Arthur said the university would be getting ready to fill remaining places after A Level results are released next week.

“We know that if we can get people to ‘touch and feel’ the university, get a sense of our quality, the quality of the students union and the friendliness of the city then they are twice as likely to choose us,” Mr Arthur told the news provider.

Last year, the university faced a decline in the number of students places that were filled following changes in the way students can be recruited to higher education institutions.

Alongside reforms to the tuition fees, the number of students universities could take on who received lower grades than two As and a B were limited. Therefore, as there was a drop in the quality of A Level results in 2012, Russell Group universities such as The University of Leeds suffered.

Mr Arthur added that insurance offers used to make up between ten and 15% of student places; however, this fell to 3% last year.

A Level results come out next Thursday (August 15th) and students who do not meet their university offers have to go through Clearing, which enables students to get a place at a university that was not their first or second original choice.

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