University admissions procedures have made headlines over the past few years. To support the sector in building greater levels of transparency, trust, and public understanding in admissions practices, in November 2020 Universities UK launched its Fair Admissions Review recommendations.
The Fair Admissions Review, carried out by school, college, university and UCAS leaders, is recommending that the 2004 Schwartz principles on fair university admissions should be updated to make it clear that the best interests of students must always be paramount.
This one-day, online conference will explore the Fair Admissions Review, as well as its recommendations, in-depth. It will be the perfect opportunity for university staff to gain a deeper understanding of the recommendations, as well as provide their own thoughts, and discuss what lies ahead for the sector.
This event will look at the use of unconditional offers and where these are appropriate, for example where the student has completed another application procedure such as an interview or audition, or in cases where special consideration should be given due to illness or disability. It will also look at the practice of 'conditional unconditional offers'.
The event will also explore the review recommendation that better, and more consistent, information is made publicly available by providers on their use of contextual admissions to further boost social mobility and level up opportunity.
The review proposes a move to post-qualification admissions, and this event will be an opportunity to explore some of the challenges to this change, and its implications for universities, colleges, and schools.