Blaydon mother who came to Sunderland University through clearing encouraging others to do the same

Success: 23-year-old Holly Robinson from Blaydon, who came to the University of Sunderland to study Community and Youth Work through Clearing. Photo by: The University of Sunderland.

A mother from Blaydon, who came to the the University of Sunderland through clearing, is encouraging others to do the same as a result of her success. 

Holly Robinson failed to achieve the grades and had further complications – her daughter, Ella, had just turned two making her wary about relocating to pursue her studies.

After calling the University of Sunderland’s Clearing hotline, the 23-year-old secured a place on the university’s Community and Youth Work degree.

“After not getting the grades I hoped for I was in despair.

“I had always wanted to go to university, and I felt it was something that couldn’t happen now,” Holly said.

In 2015, Holly graduated with a first class degree and now works as a Family Support Worker helping the underprivileged.

““I would never have imagined when I received my A-Level results that I would be happy in an amazing career – and now here I am.

“I work in a supported accommodation for women with substance misused problems and their families, and I thoroughly enjoy my job.

“It is challenging, but I go home each day knowing that I have made a real difference to the lives of others.”

Holly’s message to anyone in her position is to get online, ring the University of Sunderland’s Clearing Hotline, and ask for guidance and help.

The University of Sunderland Clearing Hotline is now open on 0191 515 3000.

You can also find out more online at

Alternatively, you can come along to the Clearing pop-in event on Friday 18 August from 10am-2pm, at the Gateway, City Campus, Chester Road – no appointment is needed.

Photo credit: Google Maps.

Academics, financial experts and advisors will be on hand to let you know your best option for higher study.


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