Clearing Open Days at University of South Wales

USW student Jade Williams who applied through Clearing

USW student Jade Williams, who applied through Clearing

If you don’t yet have a place to study at university this September, attending a Clearing Open Day at the University of South Wales (USW) may be just the option for you.

USW is holding Clearing Open Days on Saturday 19 and Thursday 24 August, where you can meet the course tutors, speak to support staff, take a tour of the campuses and see the accommodation.

Sêra Evans-Fear, USW Student Recruitment Manager, said: “Our Clearing Open Day is a great opportunity to find out more about the University, get your questions answered and finalise your application.”

The Clearing Open Days take place across the University’s three campuses – Cardiff, Newport and Pontypridd, on Saturday 19 August from 10am to 1pm, and Thursday 24 August from 3pm to 6pm.

For advice about Clearing and to discuss courses that are available to start this September, please phone us on 03455 760606.

For more information about our courses and open days, visit


'Going through Clearing has really worked for me'

Jade Williams had been to university, but decided the course she was studying wasn’t for her, so left to start a job at a bakery.

Three years later she realised that it wasn’t the job she wanted to do for the rest of her life, and thought again about university life.

After seeing an online advert explaining that she could get a place to study criminology and psychology at the University of South Wales (USW) through Clearing, she made contact. 

After a whirlwind month, Jade, who’s from Caerphilly and is now 24, was a student once again, and embarking on a three-year degree course that is helping her achieve her dream of working with crime victims.

“When I did my A-levels I went to another university to study history, but it just wasn’t for me. So I decided to take a job at a bakery and consider my options,” she said.

“Three years later I was still doing that, and not really working towards my dreams, so decided to go back into education.”

Although Jade had decided to return to study, she wasn’t sure how it could happen for her.

“I was really nervous. I knew I had missed all the UCAS deadlines to apply for university, so was expecting to wait for another year or so,” she said.

“Then I saw the Clearing advert saying there were places on just the course I wanted to do, and contacted USW.

“From there it was really simple. The staff made it very easy to speak to the lecturers on the course. We had a talk, I was offered a place, and, just over a month later, in September 2015, I was in a lecture theatre and starting on my degree.”

Jade’s experience of Clearing also helped put her on the road to her dream career.

“I’ve always wanted to work with victims of crime, and the mix of subjects has meant that I have been learning the processes of the criminal system, and the people involved in it,” she said.

“We’re advised to do a voluntary placement as part of our course, but I had already been in touch with Victim Support and have been helping the charity for a while now,” she said.

“It’s been a great experience, and I’m looking forward to working in that sector when I graduate next year.

“Going through Clearing has really worked for me. Many people think that there’s only one way to get into university, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

“If you want to go, the staff at the university will do everything they can to make sure you’re learning what you need to get the job you’ve set your heart on.”