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The BOOK that inspired me to study!

I’ve always loved books. Just ask my daughter: she’s always commenting on the towering stacks of old paperbacks or stuffed shelves on every wall of the house. Or my son, groaning when I pick up yet another curious-looking novel that’s been left for free on someone’s wall. (That’s a fantastic Brighton tradition, by the way: got something you don’t…

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Why I chose the University of Brighton [video]

Read more about Ollie’s university experience here!

Brighton pier at sunset

Why I chose to study at the University of Brighton

I have just finished my first year at the University of Brighton. It has been a different year with the pandemic restricting what people are allowed to do. I am also a mature student which makes my university experience different to others. I decided to apply to university mid last year. I wanted to do…

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Mature student smiling after getting into university through Clearing

Can mature students apply through Clearing? Yes, I did!

About 10 years ago, I was introduced to my course, Visual Culture (it’s like history of art, but with a much broader focus that includes photography, film, advertising, fashion) by friends who had studied at Brighton. I read up about it, and though it seemed to chime with all my interests, I wasn’t in a position to study at the…

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University Clearing options – Clearing gave me choices

I didn’t want to go to the universities that offered me a place as I wasn’t sure about the courses, and they were both very far away from home…  What options do you have in Clearing? I found that Clearing gave me more options and made me realise that I didn’t want to choose between English and history and maybe I…

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University student walking in Brighton pavilion gardens after getting into university through Clearing

Getting into university through Clearing – how I did it

Most of my decisions regarding university have been driven by gut feelings. After A-levels I was struggling to decide between psychology and geography as I had loved both subjects. I had no idea what career I wanted so I went with Geography because it’s a much broader discipline, so I’d be able to specialise and…

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Jenny and a friend holding their results

Results Day – it’s normal to feel nervous!

In my time as a student, I have endured three results days. Having arrived back from a festival only three hours earlier and surviving on very little sleep, achieving GCSE results that were higher than anticipated caused me to burst into floods of tears, and there’s a terrible photo to prove it. How embarrassing. A…

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Thivya using a mannequin to study medicine

Choosing a course in Clearing – how I did it

I didn’t apply to university as I intended to take a gap year – I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to study so planned to take a year out to think about it. I changed my mind a few weeks before results day so I started researching and narrowed down a few courses and…

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