Students surprised by free gifts from UCAS
» WOULD-BE university students across the country have been left bemused by free gifts from the Cheltenham organisation in charge of higher education applications.
Women who have applied through UCAS have been sent free menstrual pads, while male applicants have been opening packages containing Gillette razors.
Pittville-based UCAS has been explaining on Twitter that the gifts are being sent out because applicants had opted in for commercial mailings in the application system.
Its social media team has been forced to explain and defend the gifts in exchanges on Twitter.
UCAS has been telling people that they should also have received an email explaining the gifts.
“They are from our marketing partners - the idea is to provide essential products that students may not be able to spend much money on,” one response read.
Sander Kristel, executive director of UCAS Media, said: “UCAS is an independent charity.
“All our activities are funded by application fees, by universities and colleges, and through our commercial mailings which keep the cost for students as low as possible.
“UCAS Media regularly works with companies that provide products and services which we think will be useful for students, and they can opt-out of receiving these at any time. We have been running this campaign with Proctor and Gamble for several years.”