(Original post by PQ)
And how many blunders have you personally experienced with your application through UCAS?
A lot. They sent me an acceptance from a university I did not apply to. A job acceptance I did not apply to as well. Another email about an issue with my application missing important details, when there was no such thing missing. They had a mistake in the university list I applied to. Filling it in was hell because there's absolutely not enough information on their application system - as if they expected everybody to be familiar with the UK education system and terminology.
I had absolutely no idea that I had to go through my school to apply, because they never mentioned anything on their website about that, or at least, it wasn't where it should have been. It took me a good half an hour trying to figure out how to change my application from individual to school. I had trouble saving my personal statement because from time to time, UCAS would not save the statement.
Payment time comes, and what should have taken 15 minutes takes 3 hours, because their payment system refused to load. I had to reload it dozens of times, and each time I did, I had to reenter the same information.
It's not just UCAS either. The straw that broke the camel's back was Cambridge. Their website information is a terrible mess, where you can't find anything. Plus you need like a dozen forms that they never tell you about until two or three days before the deadline. It's not like the forms have a convenient checklist either or anything of the sort.
I applied for NatSci, so I had to take their entrance exams. Now the way the website is set up on Cambridge, I never saw the NSAA requirement before. They finally sent an email about it... 1 hour before the deadline for registering-in person, for some reason. By some miracle I was able to register for the exams in time. And now, the exams clash with my finals. I had to go see my IB coordinator, who had to go see the organisation responsible for the exams here, who sent some guy who was very grumpy to the school about the exams. He cut the NSAA exam time short by 30 mins.
After all that, I get an interview from Cam. Which they can't do by Skype for some reason. You have to buy a plane ticket to go to UK, and have your interview there. I initially bore all of their administration from UCAS and Cam because it is Cam after all. Then after some time, I'd have taken the interview not to get into Cam, but to give them a piece of my mind. Then I decided that that would be a waste of money and never went for the interview. I'm not going for the Imperial interview either, because I'm so disgusted by the whole application process to UK, that I promised myself I'd never, ever study or teach in the UK.