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The University of Southampton

Additional places open up Chemistry and Physics for Clearing 2010

Published: 18 September 2010

In a year when higher numbers of potential students are applying to go to university than ever before, the University of Southampton is pleased to be able to offer a limited number of Clearing places to students achieving the required grades.

Southampton has worked hard to address the mismatch between applications and places available this year. We have bid for, and been awarded, more additional places for students than any other member of the research-intensive Russell Group of universities, helping to increase access and give more young people the opportunity to study.

We have increased our number of undergraduate places in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects, areas for which we are internationally recognised and which the government wants more UK students to study.

Winning these extra places in STEM programmes means we are able to offer a small number of Clearing places to students wishing to study Chemistry, Population Geography, and Physics. We also have a limited number of places on nationally important health profession programmes, including Learning Disabilities Nursing, Podiatry and Audiology.

Details of available courses will be posted on our website during Wednesday 18 August, and our Admissions helpline (023 8059 8888) will open at 8.30am on Thursday 19 August.

Interested students are advised to contact us on Thursday as we anticipate that available courses will be filled very quickly.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Don Nutbeam, comments: “As one of the UK’s major research universities, Southampton traditionally attracts many more applicants than we have places and we have consistently high entry requirements. We receive, on average, seven applications for each undergraduate place.

"The exceptionally high demand for places across the country means that many more potential students will, unfortunately, not be successful in finding a course. Because of this, we are very pleased that we have been able to increase our number of available places for students achieving the grades required. We recognise the hard work that students have put in to gaining these grades and congratulate them on their efforts.

“International demand for our courses also remains high, in line with our target to achieve modest and sustainable growth.”

Clearing 2010 comes in the same week as the results of the latest National Student Survey are announced. Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Debra Humphris, comments:

“It is very pleasing to see our students’ continued high levels of satisfaction in this year's National Student Survey. The results demonstrate the commitment by all our staff to providing our students with a rewarding and quality experience. It is also good to see we scored particularly well across a broad range of subjects from Archaeology to Modern Languages and Biology to Aerospace Engineering.

“But we can not be complacent, the NSS provides us with extremely valuable feedback about the expectations of our students which informs our ongoing improvement, for example working with our students we have recently agreed a policy on assessment feedback.”

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