Fair Admissions Review

fair admission review report coverUUK’s Fair Admissions Review aims to build greater levels of transparency, increase trust, and improve public understanding in admissions practices. Fair admissions raise students’ aspirations and improve their life chances.
Launched in July 2019, this major review has taken 18 months and involved in-depth analysis of data and wide-ranging consultation and polling, and its recommendations are being made by school, college, university and UCAS leaders. 

The recommendations include:
  • the ending of ‘conditional unconditional’ offers
  • guidance on the acceptable use of unconditional offers
  • a new code of practice to maintain standards
  • greater transparency, consistency, and standard indicators to support contextual offer-making
  • and a proposed switch to post-qualifications admissions (PQA) – where applicants express interest in universities, and offers are made to applicants after they have achieved their qualifications – from 2023 subject to full consultation
     
There will be further consultation with stakeholders and students on some of the main recommendations such as the proposed post-qualifications admissions system and on contextual admissions


Q&A document

For an overview of the Fair Admissions Review, there is a Q&A document answering key questions about the review and changes to university admissions in the UK.

Read the Q&A


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