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"I've had amazing opportunities"


Emma Hopkinson, originally from Chesterfield, Derbyshire, came to study Media and Journalism at Northumbria University after gaining a place through clearing in 2015.

Emma was first made aware of the clearing process through The Guardian’s clearing app, which listed the availability of courses across the UK. After seeing availability at Northumbria to study Media and Journalism, Emma knew that this was the course she wanted to apply for and thought that this would be the most suitable to her desired career path.


Emma's Story

“I didn’t apply to Northumbria initially as I was advised in sixth form to only apply to Russell Group Universities,” she said. “However, I was ill in my final year at school and didn’t get the results I needed so I decided to look at other Universities that offered the course I was interested in doing, or similar. I thought that Northumbria seemed like a friendly University having looked on the website and the city looked really nice too.”

It was at this point that Emma contacted Northumbria’s clearing helpline, something which at first she thought would be a daunting process. However, this couldn’t have been further from the truth.

“It was a much easier process than I expected it to be,” said Emma. “It was actually pretty relaxed to be honest, very smooth and once I received my email confirmation, it all happened really quickly. I thought that going through clearing would be a daunting process; particularly in my position where I didn’t quite get the results I wanted, so I was already stressed about that. However, I was completely put at ease by the staff on the hotline, and the experience was much more inviting and positive that I’d have ever pictured.”

Not only did Emma find the clearing process simple and easy, but she also credits Northumbria with giving her the opportunity to meet friends and experience opportunities she otherwise would not have.

“I’ve got a group of best friends who are from my course,” she said. “It’s great because it creates a good atmosphere, and my friends and I have all had some amazing opportunities together. Newcastle is also a really good city with lots of things to do, and when you’ve got a good group of friends you won’t get bored.”

Having chosen a different course than she had originally planned, Emma believes that she made the right choice in studying Media and Journalism.

“I really enjoy my course because it has a real personal feel to it, you get to know the lecturers and they get to know you, which I think enables you to build a better relationship with them. I’ve found that if I ever needed help with anything, the tutors are always willing to help and go out of their way to make sure that you’re okay and that applies to everyone. I feel like the lecturers genuinely care about you.”

When asked about what advice she would give to anybody thinking of applying to study at Northumbria through the clearing process, Emma said: “My advice would be to definitely do it! If you get the opportunity to come here, just try and don’t ever think you can’t do it. It’s a great university and a great city. I’m actually glad I didn’t get into the university that I originally applied for!”

Northumbria University has a limited number of places available for high quality students through Clearing this summer. For more information, visit or call the Clearing Hotline on 0800 085 1085.

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