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Arun Aravinth Bhaskaran, Accounting and Finance BA, joined through Clearing

LSBU student Arun launched himself into university life after he joined his course through Clearing, and it's made him realise just how adaptable he really is

Arun Aravinth Bhaskaran joined LSBU through Clearing and found his new course was better suited to his skill set, which is ever expanding thanks to the opportunities at the university.

The Accounting and Finance BA student has built on his teamwork and leadership skills through his roles at LSBU as Student Ambassador, Vice-President of LSBU’s Hindu Society and supporting the Students’ Union Vice-President of Employability and Activities. He also has a gold award for his work as a Course Representative.

Arun says: “Working at LSBU has made me realise how adaptable I really am. The Student Ambassador has a variety of responsibilities that I can choose to work on: from working on the Clearing hotline, to giving presentations on university life to prospective students.”

Arun was recommended LSBU by his dad after he missed out on the grades for the course he originally planned to study. He was accepted on the Accounting and Finance BA through Clearing. By the time he graduates he will be a part-qualified accountant with exemptions from ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW professional papers. 

In the future he would like to work within the public sector where he hopes to specialise in public accounting. LSBU’s location near major financial institutions in central London suits his plans. 

“Studying an accounting degree has helped me gain the knowledge I need to become a better rounded professional.

“As someone wanting to go into the business arena, many businesses and financial institutions base themselves here in London. LSBU surpassed my expectations. I enjoy going to university in the middle of central London.”

While at LSBU he has received three bursaries for: progressing into year two of his studies; his involvement in the Students’ Union Student Feedback project; and taking part in a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) focus group.

“Financial support is crucial,” he says. “I have been able to save this money and I intend to use this to pay part of my student loan and also to pay for my professional membership to the main accounting bodies.”

His main tip for students looking to use Clearing: “Don’t panic. Look on the university's website as some universities tell you where they have clearing spaces. Before you apply for a course through Clearing make sure you have the skills best suited to that course. This is a decision that most people only make once in their life. When you make calls make sure you have all the information they need on hand. These are your UCAS details and grades."

“I found the Clearing process to be very smooth,” he says. “I contacted LSBU over the phone. The adviser who spoke to me was very reassuring and made an effort to ease the stress from results day for me. After my phone call, I got an email back allowing me to enrol onto my chosen course.”

And what is Arun’s favourite thing about LSBU: “The way I can meet and interact with new people everywhere. LSBU is very multicultural and there are many different people from different walks of life.”