Stu­dents sur­prised by free gifts from UCAS

Gloucestershire Echo - - IN BRIEF -

» 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.”

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