If I am unable to participate in the APPEL matching system can I choose, from the outset, to be assigned a student as it happens in the 2nd year matching process?

Yes; if you are unable to participate in the matching process and wish to be assigned to a student, please let the APPEL office know at the earliest possible opportunity.

After Phase 2 ends, if there are still available students whose preferences match your placement, your placement could be assigned to one of them, pending your consent.