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Exam results day in the newspapers

As A-level results roll around again the newspapers are well prepared with a plethora of clearing guide supplements, student survival guides and university ads.

The message for school-leavers in this morning’s newspapers is very clear –whether you’re popping the bubbly or drowning your sorrows, there is a wealth of opportunities and options open to you, and they are here to help.

Earlier this week The Telegraph announced the release of enhanced clearing and course finder apps to aid potential undergrads in their quest for the right course, and to make the clearing process as seamless as possible.

Today the homepage of features a large banner ad for Birmingham University advertising places for those with ABB or above and all the print supplements sport a huge range of university ads. The competition for students is especially hot this year thanks to changes in admission rules allowing institutions to take an unlimited number of students with ABB grades or above.

The Independent, i, the Guardian, The Times and The Daily Telegraph all include student and clearing guides, offering everything from a breakdown of the clearing process, course suggestions, tips for a successful Freshers’ Week, how to study in style and the best funding options.

Online live blogs capturing all the results jubilation are running on a number of newsbrand sites including the, and Mirror Online and many are also hosting online Q&A’s this afternoon with education and careers advisers.

The Times is holding a Clearing live web chat at 1pm with the editor of The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, John O’Leary, and the head of sixth form at Alleyns School in South London, Andy Skinnard. The Guardian is also running an online Q&A between 1-3pm with Nick Hynes, and adviser from the exam results Helpline, Rosemary Allen, a career adviser from Careers Wales and Vicki Sellens, an experienced career adviser who has worked at Connexions.

Meanwhile the majority of the national newsbrand sites are carrying headline stories of the results showing photos of overjoyed students around the country as a record number of students are accepted onto university courses, despite the fact that figures indicate the number of those achieving the top grades has fallen for the second year running.

See below for a range of supplement front covers and online activity.


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