Annual Admissions Conference 2019

Date and location
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UCAS’ modernised contextual data service (MCDS)

Tuesday 9 April 2019 14:35 - 15:25
Presentation – information giving, with time for questions
Open to all


For the 2018 admissions cycle, UCAS worked with a small number of universities to test the feasibility of using a novel means of contextualising admissions. This used the principles behind our multiple equality measure (MEM) to code applications by representation level, and make suggestions about how this might affect attainment. For the 2019 cycle, all providers are invited to opt in to this service.

Participants will learn about UCAS’ modernised contextual data service (MCDS), including the data available through the service.

Participants will also hear feedback on the MCDS from the University of Southampton, which participated in the 2018 trial, and are current participants in the 2019 trial, including future benefits the university sees from using this service.

Learning outcomes:

  • Gain an awareness of the modernised contextual data service.
  • Hear feedback on the modernised contextual data service.