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THE University of Portsmouth is urging students applying for a place through clearing to act quickly as it is dealing with record numbers of top applicants.

With just over 5,000 students being recruited annually, a university spokeswoman said they had received a higher than average number of applications from high quality candidates.

She added: ‘Early indications suggest that we will have fewer than ever places in clearing with just a few places on a limited number of courses.

‘Our phone lines will open at 8.30am on Thursday, August 18, and applicants interested in applying through clearing are advised to telephone at their earliest opportunity to discuss their options with a member of our trained team.’

Meanwhile the University of Chichester, which has not entered the clearing process in the last two years, expects there to be no surplus places this year.

A spokesman said: ‘This year we will have very few places, but it’s too early to say at this stage.’

Universities find out in advance which students have succeeded tomorrow.