Un­graded of­fers ‘harm uni­ver­si­ties’

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Cal­lum Adams

THE cur­rent univer­sity ad­mis­sions sys­tem should be over­hauled to curb the rise in unconditional of­fers, a study by the Univer­sity and Col­lege Union has said.

A re­port by the trade union for aca­demics found that the ra­tio­nale for unconditional of­fers for stu­dents with pre­dicted grades “lacks rigour” and “un­der­mines the pro­fes­sion­al­ism” of the ad­mis­sions process.

It says the growth in these of­fers is “driven by a mar­ke­tised ap­proach” to stu­dent re­cruit­ment, rather than by “gen­uine ed­u­ca­tional aims”.

The body called for a post-qual­i­fi­ca­tion ap­pli­ca­tion sys­tem, where stu­dents ap­plied for de­gree cour­ses after re­ceiv­ing their A-level re­sults.

It sug­gests that A-level stu­dents could make their univer­sity ap­pli­ca­tions in the first week of Au­gust, after their re­sults have been pub­lished. Ap­pli­cants would then re­ceive de­ci­sions in Septem­ber and be placed by the end of the month, ready to be­gin their first year of univer­sity in Novem­ber.

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