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Amy Hills

Clearing changed my life – Amy’s story

A former Fashion Journalism student, 27-year-old Amy Hills decided on a major lifestyle and career change and applied directly to Northumbria University through Clearing.

Amy is now studying Midwifery and has assisted on the delivery of two babies through her placement at a North East hospital. She is also set to become one of two new Social Media Managers for Northumbria University’s Midwifery Society.

Amy said: “I decided on a career change after having my child. I’d had such positive experience with my midwife, that I wanted to become one myself.

“I was working in fashion journalism so needed to do an access course first.

“The day Clearing opened, I received an email from Northumbria University showing a list of courses that were available and I couldn’t believe my luck when I saw Midwifery at the top of the list.

“I’d previously been to a Northumbria Open Day and loved it, so decided to give them a ring.

“Before I experienced Clearing, I expected the process to be a lot longer and more complicated. I rang the Clearing line and had an interview for my subject choice the same day. The Clearing line staff were helpful and really friendly and I was pleasantly surprised.

“Very quickly afterwards, I received an email from Northumbria about the Digital Inclusion Scheme. I applied online for support on the Friday and by the Monday a new laptop was ready for me to pick up!

“I live in Teesside, so because of the distance, being a mature student and the pandemic, the best way for me to meet people has been online. I joined the Midwifery Society straight away and it has really helped to chat to second and third year students online.

“I’ve also thrown myself into study headfirst. Although online learning has its challenges, overall it has been great. Midwifery does involve practical elements and attending placements too, and the tutors have been amazing at supporting these.

“Clearing offered me a glimmer of hope and really changed my life. I'm forever thankful that I checked the Clearing list and now feel so privileged to be supporting new families during the pandemic.”

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

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