Growth and choice in university admissions

Since 2010, increased competition for students has emerged in the UK higher education sector.

A nationwide decrease in the number of 18-year-olds and the removal of student number controls means that universities are now making more offers to a wider range of students throughout the recruitment cycle. This has not, however, led to a decline in the prior attainment of the students recruited by the sector. As undergraduate acceptances have increased, average student attainment has also risen.

News

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University admissions teams will 'pull out all the stops' this year

25 February 2021
Universities UK's response to the government's announcement on teacher assessed grades for 2021.

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Universities welcome UK government roadmap announcement

22 February 2021
The government's plan confirms that all students on practical and practise-based courses who require access to specialist equipment or facilities can return to universities from 8 March 2021.

Blog

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Student reviews tell the story of 2020

1 March 2021
​After studying more than 16,000 student reviews, Paul Humphreys, Founder and CEO at StudentCrowd, looks at how students have been experiencing university this year.

Students

Pathways and flexibility are key to supporting lifelong learning

18 December 2020
Dave Phoenix, Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University, argues that if we are to facilitate lifelong learning and avoid ‘educational dead ends’, universities must play a core role in qualification design.