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Universities UK response to publication of UCAS university equality reports

Universities UK responded today (Thursday) to the publication of new UCAS equality reports for individual universities. The reports show how likely UK students are to be offered a place and enter university, split by the sex, ethnic group, and background of applicants, during the 2010 to 2015 cycles. 

Dame Julia Goodfellow, President of Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kent, said:

"It is good that the university sector is publishing this extra admissions data through UCAS. It highlights universities' commitment to transparency in the admissions process and to improving participation from all backgrounds. 

"Publishing more data will not necessarily solve some of the longstanding problems in access to and participation in higher education. It will, however, allow universities to identify issues and solutions specific to their own institutions. It will allow us also to look at the picture across the sector. 

"Universities UK's Social Mobility Advisory Group is currently looking at this area. It will report its recommendations to government and English universities this summer." 


  1. Universities UK established a Social Mobility Advisory Group earlier this year to provide advice to government and support for English universities to improve access and long-term success for under-represented groups in higher education. It will report its recommendations this summer, presenting them to government. More information about Universities UK's Social Mobility Advisory Group is available on the Universities UK website

  2. Universities UK is the representative organisation for the UK's universities. Founded in 1918, its mission is to be the definitive voice for all universities in the UK, providing high quality leadership and support to its members to promote a successful and diverse higher education sector. With 133 members and offices in London, Cardiff (Universities Wales) and Edinburgh (Universities Scotland), it promotes the strength and success of UK universities nationally and internationally. Visit: www.universitiesuk.ac.uk

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