Misha Vaja, BSc Biomedical Science

Advance registering made upgrading to Sheffield an easy process for Misha when she found out she had done better than expected on A Level results day.

Biomedical student at Sheffield

I actually wasn’t sure whether I’d be using clearing or adjustment, so I made sure to prepare for both possibilities. I began by looking through all the universities who offered my course (biomedical science), considered entry requirements and league tables, then shortlisted into two groups - a list for clearing and a list for adjustment.

I also used the advanced registration service wherever it was offered. I thought the University of Sheffield made it really easy to advance register as it only took a few minutes to fill out my information. I hadn’t originally considered the University of Sheffield (as I didn’t think I’d get the grades), but I put it on my adjustment shortlist anyway after I researched the institution and saw its position on league tables – and I liked the fact it’s part of the Russell Group. Also, anatomy was offered as part of my degree, this is rare in biomedical science and so I thought the course sounded really unique.

On A Level results day I remember being really nervous to get my results - and then being so happy to see I’d done better than expected! My predicted grades were ABC, but I had A*AB.

Although Aston University had been my first choice I decided to try and upgrade through adjustment. The University of Sheffield was on my adjustment shortlist, so I called them to see if they could make me an offer. I found the whole process at Sheffield really easy. The team already had my details because I’d advanced registered and so spent some time chatting with me about the University and answering my questions. They discussed my application and said they’d be in touch soon to make me an offer.

Around half an hour later I’d received an email with an offer. The team were so helpful and told me I could take a few days to give them my decision. They also let me know about a special open day for clearing and adjustment applicants - so I booked my train tickets and dragged my friend up to Sheffield for a look around.

Biomedical student at Sheffield

I found the whole process at Sheffield really easy. The team already had my details because I’d advanced registered and so spent some time chatting with me about the University and answering my questions. Around half an hour later I’d received an email with an offer. The team were so helpful and told me I could take a few days to give them my decision.

Misha Vaja

BSc Biomedical Science

I was so surprised when I arrived at campus. It seemed huge, there was loads going on and it really exceeded my expectations. People were on hand to chat to you about things like accommodation, scholarships and societies and I went on a tour hosted by two current students. They were able to tell me about the best places to eat, favourite libraries to study in, and it gave me a feel of student life.

As we were walking through the campus, my friend randomly asked me if I could see myself living and studying here. I didn’t need to think about my answer - it was a yes. So I made the final decision to upgrade to Sheffield, and I’m really glad I did!

I’m currently finishing the first year of my degree and I love it here, there’s two big universities so it’s like a student city. Everything I need is in walking distance and it feels like home. I didn’t expect there to be such a unique culture too, there are so many independent businesses like thrift shops, food halls and little cafes and bars across the city. And yet you are minutes away from big shopping centers like Meadowhall, and just a bus ride from the Peak District.

The campus is great too and I’ve really enjoyed the teaching in my first year. I’ve joined the Hindu Society and the Biomedical Society which has been an amazing way to make friends. I’ve been to balls, socials, done charity fun runs and had some great nights out.

Also, the fact Sheffield have guaranteed accommodation for clearing and adjustment students meant that finding accommodation wasn’t a worry for me. The accommodation is huge and open with loads of green spaces, it feels like a village.

My advice for anyone thinking of going through clearing or adjustment is to prepare for both outcomes. Take a look at the entry requirements for lots of different universities, and make two lists – one for the universities you’d consider for clearing and one for adjustment. I’d also advise you to note down the contact numbers ahead of time, this really helped speed things up for me on the day.

I’d highly recommend you advance register wherever possible, it made the process so much easier for me – not every university offers it so take advantage if you can!