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UCAS launches new adviser portal as university applications for 2020 go live

Teachers and careers advisers have begun using a brand new UCAS portal, transforming the way they manage and track their students’ university and college applications, as the 2020 cycle launches today.
Posted Tue 21 May 2019 - 10:08

The new UCAS adviser portal replaces Apply for Advisers and Adviser Track, giving teachers complete, real-time oversight of their students’ UCAS Undergraduate applications in one place for free.

There are 6,300 UCAS registered centres (mainly schools and colleges) worldwide who will be using the new service. Around two thirds of the 700,000 undergraduate applications submitted each year are sent through a registered centre.

The adviser portal has a new design, improved functionality, and access to real-time data, while retaining all the essential features from older systems.

Teachers will save time as they sort and filter applications before and after submission, viewing the details of universities’ decisions and offers at the same time as students, making it easier to give immediate, individual support and advice. Tailored management reports can also be downloaded at the click of a button.

Clare Marchant, UCAS’ Chief Executive, says, ‘We’re immensely proud of the new adviser portal and are grateful to all the teachers and advisers across the UK, and the world, who helped us shape the new service through their continual feedback during development.

‘Dedicated advisers help students research their options, support applications, and explain the important steps before, during, and after the cycle, and we hope the portal gives them exactly what they need to manage and track everything efficiently.

‘Delivering the adviser portal is another important step in our digital transformation programme, and part of implementing our award-winning strategy for our customers.’ 

Lucy Hemsley, Deputy Head of Sixth Form at Bournside School said: ‘The adviser portal is going to really transform how I work, it’s going to be much more time efficient and effective for me to be able to support our students.

‘UCAS has been really responsive to feedback, and they’ve carefully listened to a range of advisers when developing the portal.’

Advisers’ overall satisfaction with UCAS’ services in 2018 remained high, at 95%.

Students can start their applications for courses starting in September 2020 from today, Tuesday 21 May 2019, and submit them from 4 September 2019.

The first application deadline is 15 October 2019 for most medicine, dentistry, and veterinary courses, plus all courses at the universities of Cambridge and Oxford. The on-time deadline for all other courses is 15 January 2020.


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Notes for editors

UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, is an independent charity, and the UK's shared admissions service for higher education. We manage almost three million applications, from around 700,000 people, each year, for full-time undergraduate courses at over 380 universities and colleges across the UK.

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