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UCU response to Sutton Trust research on university admissions

29 October 2020 | last updated: 23 November 2020

Responding to the Sutton Trust's research on university admissions reform today, UCU said it added to the weight of evidence for the UK to move to a post-qualification university admissions system.

UCU general secretary Jo Grady said: 'We welcome this research from the Sutton Trust, which adds to the weight of evidence for a post-qualification university admissions system. The current admissions system is not fit for purpose. This report shows students are receiving university offers according to inaccurately predicted results, with students from more affluent backgrounds more likely to gain a place at their preferred university than their less affluent peers.

'Allowing students to apply after they receive their results will help level the playing field, remove the problems associated with unconditional offers and end the chaotic clearing scramble.'

UCU released a poll earlier in the year that showed school, college and university leaders want to reform university admissions. It has also published a report detailing how the admissions system could be overhauled, and revealed that the UK is the only country to use predicted grades for university admissions.

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