Friday, 7 September 2012

Bye from us!

Binal
Hiya again Boys and Girls,

Hope you all are well.

It’s been a rollercoaster I’m sure, as most of you know, with floods of different emotions from you guys through the last month. Many good, others were somewhat disappointed and to the ones that did not make it this time around. You will be fine. Your path may have just been different but things sometimes happen for a reason, so don’t give up. I’m speaking from my personal experience when one door closes another will open, just have to see an opportunity and seize it! ... I found mine when I saw an advertisement, few years back. I was flicking through the metro and my eyes could not believe it, I could achieve everything I wanted for myself. By taking that chance allowed me later on, to come and study with University of Greenwich.

But on a brighter note Clearing is still open and the few last tips are:

* For the home students still sorting out a UCAS account (http://www.ucas.com/students/apply/) you still have a short amount of time span left to create one. Leave 24 hours after your payment before giving us a call, as it will still be processing so take that into consideration.

*For international students you need to submit an online application form, you can get to the page by typing in the following link: www.gre.ac.uk/apply.

But the enquiry team will be around all year round so if you are ever are having any problems give us a ring on 020 8331 9000 and we will be more than happy to assist you! =)

Enjoy the last of your summer break, I have heard its going to be lovely and sunny over the next few days.

All the best guys from all of us in the office x 

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Still open..

Alice

We are coming towards the end of Clearing now but there are still places available for some of our courses.  Our Clearing reception in the Queen Mary building on the Greenwich Campus is still open for enquiries and assistance. However our reception in Avery Hill will be closing at 5pm tomorrow (Friday).

We have some very interesting enquiries from our visitors who include people from all over the world looking to study at our beautiful university. While we are able to make applications for some, others leave rather disappointed having not met the entry criteria.  It is always worth checking with us either by phone (020 8331 9000), Livechat (gre.ac.uk) or by popping in.

International and part-time applicants need to apply using our inline application 
(https://nelson.gre.ac.uk/pls/prod/bwskalog.P_DispLoginNon) while full time home/EU students need to have completed a UCAS application (www.ucas.co.uk).

Being an extra mature student myself, I have a special interest in helping those coming back into education after many years working.  Some have left school with few qualifications and are quite confused when confronted with all the jargon of higher education;  foundation degrees, foundation courses, undergraduate, postgraduate, year zero,  HNDs etc and the different levels (1-7) of qualifications. 

In reception, we are able to sit with these visitors and explain how it all works and encourage them to work towards the qualifications they need to be able to meet our requirements. One of the stumbling blocks for some applicants is that they did not achieve GCSEs at grade A-C in English and Maths and this is a basic requirement for many of our courses.  For some the thought of going back to re-study these seems too daunting as they recall memories of nasty maths classes and frustrated teachers.  However studying as a mature student is a very different experience because you are studying because you want to, not because you have to.

So if you are not eligible for one of our courses for this year or you have missed out because the course is full, you don’t need to be too discouraged.  UCAS is now open for applications for 2013 entry. You have got a year to work towards those qualifications but don’t forget to mention that you are working towards them on your application. If you are interested in our nursing courses, and our clearing assistants informed you that the branch that interests you is full, we have a March intake that you can apply now using the new 2013 UCAS form.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

It’s not over until…

Samantha
Wow, it’s weird to think that we’ve been working hard through Clearing for 9 weeks now and it’s only been a little over 2 weeks since ‘A’ level results were released!

If you haven’t already applied, we have still got spaces on some of our programmes. At the time of writing, we still have places on programmes like BA Childhood Studies, BSc Health and Wellbeing, BSc Biomedical Science and BEng Civil Engineering. If you’re interested in any of these subject areas (and more) don’t be shy about contacting us. You can call us on 020 8331 9000, email us at Clearing@gre.ac.uk or visit our Clearing pages online for a “live chat” (although this has been extremely popular, so you might find it quicker to give us a call or drop us an email, because our online chat team have been inundated with chat requests!

For those of you that have secured your places, either through meeting your conditions or applying through Clearing, you’re probably starting to think (and worry) about registration. Don’t Panic. At University of Greenwich, new students (that’s undergraduate, postgraduate and transfers) all have to register in two parts. You get sent your registration details in two emails and then you can register. This year, registration opened on 29th August, so if you have your details, you can register now! If you haven’t received your details and you know that you have confirmed your place, then you can contact the Student Helpline on 020 8331 8272 or callcentre@gre.ac.uk. If you aren’t sure whether you have fully confirmed, or you have only recently confirmed you place, then call us on 020 8331 9000 or email us at courseinfo@gre.ac.uk and we can check your status.

We do know that some users are having problems when accessing the Student Portal page when using Google Chrome. If you receive a blank page when trying to navigate to the portal (http://portal.gre.ac.uk), you may need to check that there is not a small shield on the right hand side of the address bar. If this is present, please click and choose “load anyway”. If you are using any other browser, please check your security settings if the problem persists.

If you continue to have problems with the student portal (such as your account being disabled or your login details not being recognised), please see the following link for the support request form: http://www.gre.ac.uk/offices/ils/ls/services/tassistance

Congratulations to all those who have already secured their place and good luck to those still applying!

Monday, 3 September 2012

Livechat

Nicola
Clearing 2012 is nearly over but we are still taking lots of enquiries and applications. If you are looking to start university in September 2012 you can call our clearing line on 0208 331 9000 and we can help. We are taking applications for lots of courses. Do remember to go through Clearing you need to be registered with UCAS and be holding no offers.

We have started a new service called Livechat which we have been testing out this Clearing. It has become very popular and you can find links on our website (www.gre.ac.uk). We have operators who can talk to you over the internet like the old days of MSN. You can ask us questions about the university, your application and we can take clearing applications using the service. If you do have any questions give the Livechat a go.
We still have our Clearing receptions at the Avery Hill and Greenwich campuses this week. If you prefer to come in and discuss your options we are open from 9 – 5 Monday to Friday. You can drop in at any time during these hours and we can go through the application process and help you make an application.

If you have already accepted an offer with us there is lots of useful information for new students on our website and the Student Union website. You can now start planning your Fresher’s week http://www.suug.co.uk/.

I hope everyone has had a good clearing. Good luck with your studies. 

Friday, 31 August 2012

So you’re a London Metropolitan Student…

Kelty

I think the majority of people have heard by now about the situation that London Met has found themselves in, whereby they are no longer allowed to support International students. This has left many international students, both old and new, without a place at university.  But never fear, the University of Greenwich is here to help!! We are working hard to help find places for those international students who have found themselves with no university places, or even for those home students who have also left London Met, for numerous reasons. 

So if you are an international student and were either due to start a course this September with an unconditional place, or you are a continuing student, due to go into 2nd or 3rd year, OR even a masters students, you can give our international team a call on 02083318136 or 02083319770 or drop them an email on international@gre.ac.uk to discuss your circumstances and see whether we can help you :)

If you’re a home student (that’s residence of the UK/EU) who had an  conditional or unconditional place on a course at London Met due to start this September, if you give us a call on 02083319000 we can take an application for the majority of our courses over the phone.

If you are a continuing home student (2nd, 3rd or 4th year), you can make an application direct to us via our website here: https://nelson.gre.ac.uk/pls/prod/bwskalog.P_DispLoginNon

I know it must be a stressful time for many students worried about their academic future, but if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us!!  We are here to help after all :)

Look forward to seeing some of you in September :)

Bye for now x

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Online Registration

Kelly
OMG! Online Registration; Your journey to Greenwich is actually happening!

So after my post in July I’m not feeling the love; no one has posted a comment to answer my riddle :( It was either too hard (surely not!), or you missed it!  In the event that you missed it, here it is again with the answer at the end of my blog (no cheating!).

I am a word of 5 letters and people eat me. If you remove the first letter I become a form of energy. Remove the first two and I'm needed to live. Scramble the last 3 and you can drink me. What am I?

If you have an unconditional firm offer with us, which you have accepted, you will have already received or will shortly receive via e-mail the details you need to complete the first part of the registration process online.  If you haven’t received any details by 4 September 2012, please check:

  1. Your UCAS to ensure you have accepted an unconditional firm offer with us. If your UCAS is not showing an unconditional firm offer with us and you believe it should, call us on 020 8331 9000. 
  2. Your e-mail address on UCAS. This is the one we use to send you your details.  If this is incorrect, please update this on UCAS and e-mail us at courseinfo@gre.ac.uk confirming your full name, date of birth, UCAS ID and new e-mail address.
  3. Your junk items; sometimes our e-mails get filtered by providers to there (they are not junk though… far from it!).  

If all the details above look OK and you still haven’t received your details, please contact our Student Helpline on 020 8331 8272.

If you are struggling to navigate your way through the registration process there is lots of advice available on our website including step-by-step guides and information for students who will be studying at our partner colleges and distance learners.

I’d like to wish you all the very best for your studies at the University of Greenwich and I’m sure you will all have an awesome time with us!


Riddle answer: WHEAT = HEAT, EAT & TEA

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

HND and Foundation programmes

Jessica
I can’t believe Clearing is almost over! It has gone by very quickly.  Even though the main busy period in Clearing has past when A-level results came out, our phones are still quite busy.  We are still taking Clearing applications so  don’t hesitate to give us a ring on 020 8331 9000 if you have any queries, even if it’s to double check something you already know.   We are here to help no matter what the query is.  Also if you prefer to email for general enquiries you can email us at courseinfo@gre.ac.uk.

It’s important to know that when applying for a full-time undergraduate programme with us you must do it via UCAS and your status has to be in clearing, so you shouldn’t be holding an offer from other institutes.  For part-time undergraduate programmes and all postgraduate programmes you would have to apply directly to us by completing the online application form at www.gre.ac.uk/apply.  

Another thing, if you don’t have the required points to get onto an undergraduate programme there are other options, you could either apply for an HND or a foundation degree. Once you have completed the 2 years of a HND programme, you are eligible to apply for a transfer into the third year of the honours degree programme.  Many applicants prefer to do an HND or foundation degree as they end up with the same qualifications as those that started from the first year of the Honours degree; it’s just another route to take.  For our foundation degrees the outcome is to progress to a full honours degree or to enhance your employability skills.  There is much more information on our website if you visit www.gre.ac.uk you can browse through our programmes and check to see if they are still in clearing.  Don’t wait, please get in contact as soon as possible!  You may still have a chance to get onto your desired programme.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Jessica J