Posted Thu 27 February 2020 - 00:01

Responding to the launch of the Office for Students’ consultation on the higher education admissions system in England, Clare Marchant, UCAS’ Chief Executive said: ‘We welcome the Office for Students’ consultation and look forward to actively participating in the debate though our data-driven insight, expertise, and deep understanding of students’ views.

‘UCAS has continually improved the admissions process for students for almost 60 years, most recently with the introduction of the our new UCAS Hub, giving everyone access to online personalised information and advice as they discover their options. The recent reforms we’ve made include the ability for students to release themselves from a confirmed place, which transformed Clearing last year, with 99% of those reapplying successfully getting a new place at university.

‘We’re already planning more innovation and reform to broaden students’ choices, raise aspirations, and consider how the process can be even more transparent, flexible, and personalised. Working with an expert group of students, teachers, and admissions staff since last autumn, we’re exploring how the timetable of offer-making could be improved, how using data science could inform grade predictions, and how we can improve transparency on the range of grades that students are accepted with. We look forward to sharing our insights throughout the spring and summer.’


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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 370 universities and colleges across the UK.

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