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Audio & Music Tech degree student Joe Langford provides soundtrack for new Divercity movie

Winner of Best Music Production at this year’s Degree Showcase, Joe Langford, has been selected to supply the soundtrack for the Divercity movie (above) – part of Nottingham City Council’s The Big Tent project.

FdSc Audio & Music Technology student Joe was given the opportunity to collaborate on this exciting project by the council. Over 80 pieces of artwork were on display in Nottingham’s Big Tent and have been reimagined in a digital fly-over across Old Market Square and Joe’s track has been selected as the soundtrack for the film!

Joe, who was the winner in the Best Music Production category at this year’s Degree Showcase, was excited to be part of the project: “It’s great to be given the opportunity to be involved in this project, especially as it’s collaborating with other creative work from within Nottinghamshire. It was a tight turnaround on the project, so I’ve been working on it all weekend.”

The final film has been on display on the screen in The Big Tent in Old Market Square and if you haven’t had a chance to check it out, you can find it at the top of this blog!

The physical exhibition of the Divercity project took place in Old Market Square and was officially opened by the Lord Mayor and The Sheriff of Nottingham. During the opening speech the Mayor praised the involvement of the schools: “This project shows we have more in common with each other than we might realise.”

Alister Conquer, the organiser of the exhibition spoke about the project: “This is a project funded by Scape Group and part of the Nottingham Cultural Education Partnership, ChalleNGe – who exhibit children’s artwork from 3 to 5 different schools to celebrate the diversity of the city. The schools were invited to contribute one meter square canvases and so far 80 have been made with more on the way.”

Alister also spoke about the Divercity film: “In order to get the work out to more people, a virtual gallery was created by the City Council design services. There is a 9 minute ‘fly through’ movie of the work imagined on the buildings of the Old Market Square and the surrounding area. We were very fortunate to be able to use music from Confetti FdSc Music Technology student, Joe Langford.”

The track used on the film is called ‘The City That Never Sleeps’ and was based on one of Joe’s existing projects: “I already had a 2.5 minute version of the track that was used and worked in Logic and Pro Tools to create an extended mix for the Divercity soundtrack.”

Listen to more of Joe’s amazing work and find out about his experience at Confetti here.

Want to study music at Confetti? Apply for a Confetti college or degree course now! You can request a prospectus and if you want to explore our facilities, book a place onto our next open day.

Confetti Degree Showcase 2017

Degree Showcase Awards

On 7 & 8 June we welcomed family, friends and industry professionals to our dedicated TV & Film hub – Space2 – to watch, listen, test and play the fantastic work of this year’s graduating degree students. From games designers and TV & filmmakers, to music producers and sound engineers – our students displayed their diverse range of skills through complex final year projects – such as documentaries, videogame levels, remixes and mastering portfolios.

If you didn’t make it you can see examples of our students’ work in our online Degree Showcase

We kicked off the Degree Showcase with a private view and invited industry professionals and local leaders to come and have a look around, giving our students the opportunity to network and showcase their talents to potential employers.

Industry professionals such as our TV & Film ambassador Vicky McClure, Andy Davis from Splash Damage and one part of Nottingham Duo and Confetti alumni Congi – Gaz Frost turned up to see the work of the next generation of creative and technical talent. Our students even got to brush shoulders with the Sheriff of Nottingham!

Excitement was high as the doors to the Degree Showcase opened for a second day for the general public, family and friends to visit.

Our FdA Music Performance students took to the stage in our dedicated Live & Technical Events Workspace showcasing the skills they have developed during their course in a series of performances supported by FdSc Live & Technical Events. In our 25 seat screening room our FdSc TV & Film students’ films and documentaries were played throughout the day and our Game and VFX students were on hand to demo their work to visitors. 

College level students from Confetti and our partner institution Access to Music, were given the opportunity to tour the exhibition and talk to the degree students about the courses that many of them will be returning to study next year. 

As day turned to evening, students and their family and friends gathered in the Space2 TV studio for the Degree Showcase awards ceremony, hosted by Notts TV presenter Iain Chambers. The best degree students were recognised and rewarded for their hard work and dedication. One by one, the 16 winners collected their awards and gave speeches which highlighted the important role the support of Confetti tutors, their families and peers have had on their achievements.

The evening festivities were a true testament to Confetti’s dedication to creating and maintaining a tight-knit community which supports talent and personal development. The Milo Kelly Memorial Award was given for the second year in a row to celebrate the most promising up and coming talent from within the ranks of 1st year degree students. Along with a brand new award – Do It For Real Award which was given to the student that had participated in the most work experience and out of class activity throughout their studies.

The evening ended on a celebratory note as Confetti CEO Craig Chettle took to the stage to award the Student of the Year accolade to James Hutton. 

From all of us here at Confetti we would like to congratulate all exhibiting students for their outstanding performance this year!

Degree Showcase 2017 – Winners

Every year the Confetti Degree Showcase Awards ceremony celebrates excellence and rewards the best degree students for their hard work and dedication.

Held at Confetti’s dedicated TV & Film centre – Space2 – this year’s ceremony was the culmination of the two-day Degree Showcase – where graduating degree students showcased their work to members of the public, family, friends, local leaders and creative businesses. On the opening night, exhibiting students had the chance to meet, amongst others, actor and Confetti TV & Film Ambassador, Vicky McClure, representatives from games companies Deep Silver, Sumo Digital and King and record labels Denizen and I’m Not From London. Even the Sheriff of Nottingham Councillor Glyn Jenkins attended! As doors to the public exhibition closed on Thursday 8 June, family, friends and nominees gathered for the awards ceremony.

Altogether 15 awards were handed out to the top-performing students studying Music, VFX, Games, Film & TV and Live Events degree courses.

It was an evening full of gags, heartfelt speeches, but above all true creative talent and was a testament to the supportive, talented community at Confetti.

“I’ve been here at Confetti for 6 years now – started at Level 2 and from day one I knew I wanted to be part of Confetti and the atmosphere and community here. I wouldn’t be here today without the help of my classmates and tutors and I feel truly blessed that Confetti gave me so many opportunities to grow along the way.” Akshay Soni, Games Student of the Year, BSc Games Production (top up degree)

 

Financial support towards further professional development and industry experience packages were awarded to Student of the Year winners in each individual course category and further awards were also given to the best final year projects in each subject area.

The night also included two very special awards:

  • The Do It For Real award was given for the first time ever to Merryn Rae Peachey for her incredible commitment to gaining extra-curricular work experience during her time on our FdSc Film Production Technology degree. In total she has worked 348 hours of industry experience over the past three years, on projects such as GameCity, Industry Week, Splendour and The Safer Living Foundation. Merryn has most impressively also undertaken 170 hours of work experience with Notts TV throughout her time at Confetti across nearly every student role available.
  • The Milo Kelly Rising Star award is given out in memory of Confetti student Milo, who sadly passsed away last year. The award recognises a first year undergraduate students who showed promise in their studies. The award was won by Alice Mills.

Milo Kelly’s mother sent the following message: “We are very touched by Confetti’s commitment to Milo’s memory and the work done by the organisation supporting talented young people. Milo loved Confetti and we think it’s true to say that for the first time felt a real passion for his studies. As his talents were nurtured and recognised, not only did his confidence grow but he began to have a sense of where he wanted to go and what he wanted to do in life. We are delighted that this award is being given to a Confetti rising star and we both congratulate them on their fantastic achievements and wish them the best of luck with their future studies and career.”

The night ended on a celebratory note as Confetti CEO Craig Chettle took to the stage to present the overall Confetti Student of the Year award to FdSc Television Production Technology student James Hutton: “Winning these awards means so much to me, it really makes all the hard work and effort worthwhile. I can’t speak highly enough of Confetti and all my course friends and tutors. It really does feel like a family here.

Winners

Achievement in Live Production Design

Callum Maxwell

Best Television Show

James Hutton

Best Games Project

Jaroslaw Wisniewski

Best Music Production

Joseph Langford & Christopher Ball

Best Film

Oliver Blair

Best Visual Effects Production

Jake Eden

Do It For Real

Merryn Rae Peachy

Milo Kelly Rising Star

Alice Mills

Events Student of the Year

Lewis Jones

TV Student of the Year

James Hutton

Games Student of the Year

Akshay Soni

Music Student of the Year

Joseph Legge

Film Student of the Year

Mitchell Brown

VFX Student of the Year

Ja’maul Adams

Confetti Student of the Year

James Hutton

From all of us here at Confetti we would like to congratulate all winners and nominees for their outstanding performance!

Confetti Live – Gig Guide – June

Confetti Gig

Our music performance, music technology and technical events college-level students have packed the weeks ahead full of gigs, and you’re invited to come along!

It’s an exciting few weeks at Confetti as our students near the end of their courses or reflect on their first year. This is a great opportunity for friends, family and the general public to check out our students’ hard work over the past year and come to some fab free gigs!

Our students have worked hard planning, rehearsing and doing all of the promotion for the gigs, so come along and show your support.

We’ve rounded them all up in this handy guide:

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Wednesday 14 June
Space2
7pm – 9pm
Open to the public

Our Level 3 Music Performance students (QS15-1) will be hosting a live music event at Space2. Check out some of Nottingham’s up and coming artists at a gig run by our Live and Technical Events college students. For pictures, videos and more gig info check out their Facebook event by clicking on the image above.

BBC Music Day

Thursday 15 June

Our students will be taking part in BBC Music Day on the 15 June. The day involves UK-wide events celebrating this year’s theme – ‘The Power of Music’ – how it can bring us together, make us feel fantastic and create unforgettable memories. We’ve got a day full of music!

Professional Music Technology – Acoustic Gig

Professional Music Technology
11am – 2pm

Our students will be heading over to our neighbours at PMT to put on a lunchtime acoustic gig. For some laid back tunes while you browse their massive range of music gear, don’t miss this one!

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7pm – 9pm
Space2
Open to the public

Our Level 3 Music Performance students (QS15-1) will be hosting a live music event at Space2. Check out some of Nottingham’s up and coming artists at a gig run by our Live and Technical Events college students.

Apollo Gig

Friday 16 June
Space 2
7pm – 9pm
Open to the public

Our Level 3 Music Performance students (QS15-2) will be hosting a live music event at Space2. Check out some of Nottingham’s up and coming artists at a gig run by our Live and Technical Events college students. For pictures, videos and more gig info check out their Facebook event by clicking on the image above.

Level 2 Performance End of Year Show

Thursday 22 June
Space2
6pm – 9pm
Open to the public

Level 2 Music Performance students showcase their work in a free gig at Space2.

Save the Date – Celebrate

Tuesday 11 July

One of the biggest dates in our college level students’ calendar, Celebrate brings together the work of our second year Level 3 students from across all subjects for one big showcase. This year will be even bigger as we take over Broad Street in Nottingham’s Creative Quarter showcasing the best work from this year’s leavers in some of the city’s best creative venues.

If you’re thinking about studying a college course at Confetti – save the date and watch our social channels for more information.

We’re adding more events every day so keep checking back and keep your eye on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates.

Could you be Nottingham’s first Young Poet Laureate?

Young Poet Laureate

Can you influence the world like the great William Shakespeare, or do you possess the poetic flow that has propelled the likes of Kendrick Lamar and J.Cole to hip hop greatness? If you aspire to become the best poet from Nottingham, then you have the chance to become the city’s first ever Young Poet Laureate!

Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature are looking for applicants to apply for this honorary post, which will be awarded to a poet aged 18-30 who has lived, studied, or worked in Nottingham for a minimum of two years.

Starting in September, lasting for two years, this fantastic opportunity looks to reward local talent and potential. Working with Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, you’ll be asked to help make poetry accessible across a wide range of communities, helping to promote Nottingham in the process. This will include writing poems to commission, performing poetry, getting involved in cultural events and even working with the city’s many poets and poetry groups!

Over a two-year tenure Nottingham’s Young Poet Laureate will:

  • undertake five paid residencies to the total value of £5,000, delivering youth-focused workshops
  • present a programme of four public engagements/performances to the total value of £1,000
  • take part in local and national media coverage
  • gain a placement on two Arvon writing residencies
  • receive support, training and development from event experts, and mentors specialising in poetry and creative business development
  • have the opportunity to work nationally and internationally through the UNESCO Creative Cities Network
  • be invited to participate in, and steer, Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature’s young people’s engagement programme.
Nottingham UNESCO

Want to apply?

The deadline to apply for this amazing opportunity is Friday 30 June. If you’d like full details of the role and how to apply, they’re available on the Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature website.

Nick Broomfield – A Life in Documentary Filmmaking

Studying on our TV Production Technology and Film Production Technology courses you’ll not only have access to industry-connected tutors, but also get to learn from and meet some of the biggest names in the Film and TV industry. During Industry Week our students met legendary filmmaker Nick Broomfield and they were the first audience in the world to see an exclusive trailer for his new film Whitney: Can I be me? premiering this month.

Before heading into his workshops, Nick took the time to talk to us about his career, future projects and what advice he has for our students.

How did you get into documentary filmmaking?
I was always curious. When I was young I had a little camera – like a stills camera – and I remember being an exchange student in France with not much to do, so I just went around taking lots of pictures. I saw that I was enjoying it and was actually really good at it. I also really enjoyed chatting to the people I was photographing and finding out who they were.

What is the first documentary-style film you remember doing?
I did a film called Who Careswith a friend of mine in Liverpool, which actually turned out pretty good. We used a little wind-up camera – a little Berlex – I think I was like 19 and it took a little while to shoot. We were shooting for three months and it turned into an 18-minute film which took me a year and a half to cut, so that should be an encouragement to students – films tend to take a long time.

What is key to conducting a good interview?
Interviews are more like conversations and if they feel like interviews then that’s already a problem. More than anything you want to make the person you are interviewing feel relaxed – unless you’re doing a very aggressive kind of thing with them. You just want them to feel like you are very interested in them, that you are listening to what they are saying and that you are just having a conversation.

Often in conversation people open up and you can get into their thought process, so that you don’t ask a question that’s completely irrelevant to what they’ve been saying – your interview questions need to come out of what they’re saying.

So who was the most difficult person you ever had to interview?
Oh my goodness, I interview a lot of difficult people. Sometimes the scene is actually about how difficult the interview and conversation process was. I think the art in filmmaking is to use whatever is there, not want something that isn’t there and go in with a thesis. Sometimes I think that’s the hardest thing – learning to be flexible and receptive and genuinely interested, because your function as a storyteller is to follow the story and not to prove an idea.

So when you’re planning an interview how do you go about it?
Well it depends, I’ll always read as much as I can about that person – often not enough, but that’s cause I’m lazy. If they’ve done other interviews, then you should watch those as well and get clues as to what works with them. Sometimes people are triggered by a word – it’s very odd – you can notice a word in another interview that makes someone really react, so obviously you want to use those words too.

You have been described as fearless, but have any of your documentary subjects really intimidated you?
Well I think they are all intimidating – I made about 40 films and I don’t really think in terms of ones anymore. I think the whole process is intimidating and that’s a good thing because you’re always trying to think “How am I going to tell this story and how am I going to make other people interested in the story that I am interested in telling?”. I think it’s like sitting around the fire and telling a story to people – you don’t want everyone to go and take a toilet break in the middle of it, so how do you keep them there? That’s what storytelling is all about – how to keep the audience really fascinated.

What was the hardest/strangest documentary you’ve made?
Well they’re all so strange – they’re all just completely wacky. I don’t normally watch my films, but the last couple of months I’ve been redigitising all my films from negatives and you sit in front of these films that you haven’t seen for ages and think:“WOW these are so mad, these people are so crazy and the situations are so unique you could never write them – how on earth did I get through this?!”

They’re all an adventure into the absurd. I’m a big believer that the gods are either with you or against you, and sometimes they’re really against you and it doesn’t matter what youdo, you just don’t make such a good film and those are the hardest ones. I think all my films have been pretty extreme, but more than anything you just have to stay with an idea. They’re all really hard and you always think about giving up many times in the middle and the secret is to just stay with it.

What has been your favourite documentary that you haven’t been involved with?
There are a lot of films I like – some really early films like Run for the Hillsand Private Place and more recently a great film about the immigrants coming here from Syria called Into The Sea and also The White Helmets, which won the Oscar.

So do you have such a thing as a favourite film?
You see so much stuff and you like different things about different movies. They’re all stories and you’re moved by different aspects every time. I would rather say I like different filmmakers and I like their way of telling stories – I like early Alex Gibney or early Fred Wiseman. More recently I quite liked the Nina Simone film that Liz Garbus did and I also liked Amy and Senna.

What is your creative process?
I’m not one of these brainy filmmakers who has a list of films that they are going to do. I never really know what I’m going to do next after a particular film until I finish the last film and then you have to think ‘Oh what am I interested in now?’. Every time you make a film you learn something and you change.

I just finished this film about Whitney Houston and I’m thinking about what I want to do next – do I want to do another music film or would I rather do a drama. It’s a nice period where you read lots of newspapers and books, because often when you’re making films you get quite cut-off and get very focused on your film. In between films it’s a great opportunity to just look around you and go to exhibitions or go out to dinner (which I don’t do hardly at all when I’m making a film) and an idea comes along really quickly.

Have you watched or read something recently you’d recommend to our students?
I’m really interested in architecture and I also read a lot of funny things about architecture which aren’t really relevant, but made me think of making a series about buildings. I think when you have a big structure it often represents the politics of the area and I was thinking of doing a film around some colonial buildings around the world and telling the story behind the politics of the area and the period of time through the building.

That’s a fun non-commercial idea for BBC 4 (or 2 if you’re lucky) and probably an idea that’s hard to sell – probably not relevant for all countries – whereas with films like Whitney there’s a massive market.

Do you have any exciting projects in the pipeline that you can tell us about?
I don’t really know what I’m going to do next – currently I’m just getting the Whitney Houston film out. When you make bigger films and lots of people put a lot of money behind them it becomes much more bureaucratic – dealing with a lot of legal issues and very boring things that take your time up.

Do you have any advice for aspiring filmmakers?
I think the actual process of making a film is incredibly simple – and the simpler you make it, the better. If you need to, you can literally wear the same clothes everyday – buy 5 pairs of underpants and 5 t-shirts, so that all you need to do is focus on that film. Maybe work with one other person and keep a teeny tiny crew and just focus on the idea – become obsessed with it and don’t think about other things – this is if you want to make a good film. And just stay with it – there’s going to be lots of problems and the difference between a good filmmaker and someone who doesn’t get there is really just persistence.

Generally, ideas don’t go very well and there’s lots of problems and sometimes it’s a question of how you integrate the problems into the story – so you make it a part of the story. You have to be mastering the story, rather than the story mastering you. I always think the best thing to do is find your closest friend to work with and then the two of you go on an adventure.

The Broadway are holding a screening for Whitney: Can I Be Me? on Sunday 11 June which will also include a live Q&A with Nick Broomfield via sattelite. Tickets can be bought here.

Want to have the chance to meet industry guests and be a part of Industry Week? APPLY NOW to study on our FdSc TV Production Technology or FdSc Film Production Technology degrees or come along to one of our degree-level open days.

Confetti Degree Showcase – Award Nominees

On Thursday 8 June we’ll be celebrating the achievements of our degree students at our annual Degree Showcase.

The day will start with an exhibition taking place at our TV & Film centre – Space2 – which will showcase the work of our graduating degree students to industry guests, family, friends and the general public.

The Degree Showcase is open from 10am until 5pm on Thursday 8 June 2017.

The day will end with a private awards ceremony where students from each area of study – Games, Music, TV & Film, Events and VFX – will be recognised for their outstanding work and development throughout their time studying at Confetti.

We are pleased to announce the nominees for this year’s Degree Showcase Awards are:

Best Game Project

Sam Lapping

Will Willis

Jaroslaw Wisniewski

Games Student of the Year

Akshay Soni

Liam Handbury

Oliver Swales

Best Music Production

James Hunt, Joe Harby

Jack Goode, Kevin Doran, Adam Clarke

Joe Langford, Chris Ball

Music Student of the Year

Joe Legge

Jack Wright

Jack Goode

Best Film

Oliver Blair – Chestnut Effect

Alister Robson – Communion

Mitch Brown – The Event

Film Student of the Year

Mitch Brown

Merryn Rae Peachey

Jack Booth

Best VFX Project

Jake Eden

Ja’Maul Adams

Nikki Rynne

VFX Student of the Year

Ja’Maul Adams

Matthew Barnfather

Carla Meakin

Achievement in Live Production

Callum Maxwell

Henry Walker

Dan Warburton

Events Student of the Year

Lewis Jones

Owen Downs

Harvey Duddles

Best Television Show

James Hutton – The Big Lie

Ethel Mudavanhu – Of Age

Kat Brown/Rowena Brett/Katie Syson/Samuel Atkin/Thomas Wallen – Infinite Possibilities

TV Student of the Year

James Hutton

Ryan Peck

Amy Billington

On the night we’ll also be giving out special awards:

  • Do It For Real award – celebrating the student who has engaged in extra-curricular and industry-led projects the most
  • Milo Kelly Rising Star award – celebrating the most promising up and coming talent from within the ranks of 1st year degree students

Congratulations to all the nominees!

Want to be part of the Degree Showcase next year? Find out more about our Degree Courses or come along to one of our degree-level open days.

The work of our Level 3 Games Art students to be exhibited at The National Videogame Arcade

games art exhibition

On Tuesday 23 May our Level 3 Games Art students ran a successful exhibition in our HE Centre. They exhibited their creative work to friends and family, receiving valuable feedback as part of their final year.

Games tutor Adam Cain was really happy with the exhibition, and the work that was produced:

“I am really proud of all our students and their hard work to make the Confetti Creatives exhibition a success. We had a broad range of digital and traditional artwork that shows how versatile and talented Confetti Games Art students are. During the show we had industry connections and local companies visit and they were unanimous in their praise of the students. I’m now looking forward to seeing what our students can do for Confetti Celebrate – an exhibition to celebrate the amazing work of our FE students over this academic year.”

The National Videogame Arcade’s Education Manager Rachel Barrett was invited to view our students work before selecting her favourites to be featured within the NVA over the summer. After assessing the work of each student, Rachel chose eight highly creative collections.

Let’s see who’s been chosen and why…

Rowan Unsworth

Rowan Unsworth

“These pieces were very eye-catching; they had a hand painted quality with lots of texture that I really liked. Strong artist identity, and very professional finish.”

Isabelle Sharpe

Isabelle Sharpe

“I was really drawn to how the images captured movement. They have a dream-like quality; you feel like they are going to jump into action at any moment. They were also another excellent example of effectively using lots of black, which I find so difficult!”

Chloe Shaw

Chloe Shaw

“Very professional and slick finished products with a strong artist identity. There were strong personalities coming through in the character designs. As an aside, I really appreciated seeing a wider variety of female personalities.”

Andrew Melfi

Andrew Melfi (Left)

“He captured light very well. It’s difficult to use lots of black without it stealing focus from the rest of the piece, but he used it beautifully to add depth and atmosphere without losing any definition.”

 

Lewis Harrison (Right)

“Very fun and well-done pieces, I like the colour palettes. They were strong and varied stand-alone pieces, but there was a clear style and identity that linked them all together. I think that it would be easy to identify a Lewis Harrison a mile off.”

Lewis Harrison
Elizabeth Oldale

Elizabeth Oldale

“I was very impressed with the variety of styles she presented. The use of shade and light in her nature inspired work was beautiful and textured and looked like a painting. The minimalist work was so different but just as impressive and showed real versatility.”

Klaudia Obuszynska

Klaudia Obuszynska

“Another example of great artist versatility. Clean and bold images, alongside more romantic images. The picture of the girl’s face was very striking and I liked the mix of soft textures with bold crisp lines.”

Matthew Parker

Matthew Parker

“His style stood out to me; it was a bit different and I like the fact that it looks like it was done by hand. You could see the drawing process that can sometimes get lost in digital art. All of his work was really atmospheric and I felt like I was getting a sense of who the artist was.”

Honourable Mentions

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Lucinda Bishop
Lucinda Bishop
Chanelle Hatherley
Chanelle Hatherley
Bethany Shaw
Bethany Shaw
Cameron Bishop
Cameron Bishop
Kyle Kershaw
Kyle Kershaw

Congratulations to not only our students who’ve been selected to feature in the NVA, but to all our Games Art students who highly impressed friends, family and people from within the industry.

 

Want to study Games Art at Confetti? Apply for a college or degree course now! You can request a prospectus and if you want to explore our facilities, book a place onto our next open day.

5 Tips to Avoid Exam Results Stress

Results Day is fast approaching and we know it can be a very stressful time. Whether you’ve changed your mind and decided to go to university or if you’re looking for a different course – our Clearing team is here to answer all your questions and guide you through the process. Read through our dedicated Clearing page or email clearing@confetti.ac.uk if you have any questions. When you’re ready – call us on 0115 848 6000 where the Admissions team at our partners Nottingham Trent University will help you.

In the meantime, professional speaker Pam Burrows has given us her top five tips for staying calm and avoiding stress in the days leading up to Thursday 17 August.

  1. Breathe Better – 7/11

The fastest way to reduce stress is to breathe better. Breathe in for a count of 7, out for 11. This detoxes tension from the body. Relax your shoulders, soften your jaw, relax you whole body and follow the next step…

  1. Watch your thinking

Imagining it’s already a disaster? Instead think “Whatever happens, I can handle it.” Repeat this while you breathe 7/11. Choose to drop the drama, it’s not useful. You’re made of stronger stuff than you realise. Breathe 7/11 and thinking of times you’ve done well is a great way to get a better night’s sleep too.

  1. Keep the faith

You might get the result you’re hoping for. You might not. Whichever, there will be a way for you to have the life journey you’re meant to. Whether it’s the old plan, a new plan or a retake, resultswise “It is what it is”. Question is “What’s next?” You’re in the driving seat!

  1. Avoid other people’s drama!

Join in the drama and feel dreadful, walk away or suggest some of these tips to them. You choose! Be a ‘drop the drama’ champion and spread the love!

  1. Do something!

Go have a laugh, a swim, a bath, a game, a run, chat about something else…don’t sit about driving yourself crazy, you always have a choice about what you focus on. You can even find useful videos on YouTube!

Clearing – Student Finance

If you’re applying for a course through Clearing you’ll need to update your student finance account, so they can make sure your fees go to the right uni!

Already applied?
If you’ve applied already, it’s easy to change your details by logging in to your account at https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-register-login and going to Your Account > Change your application > University/college course.

Once this information is updated they’ll re-asses your application and let you know of any changes to the amount of student finance you can get.

Haven’t applied yet?
Don’t panic! You can still apply for student finance, although your application can take at least six weeks to be processed and you might not get all your money straight away – so make sure you budget!

Still unsure?
If you’re still unsure then get in touch, our Student Support Team are here to help – just call 0115 952 2075. You can also contact SFE directly – visit SFE’s student finance zone on The Student Room, where they have a dedicated Clearing page, as well as helpful tools and guidance to walk you through what you need to do and when to do it – www.thestudentroom.co.uk/studentfinance