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More than half of applicants say universities should make offers after students receive results

17 February 2020

Support for students applying after they get their results was highest amongst traditionally hard to reach groups such as black and minority ethnic students, and those who were the first in their family to go to university

More than half of recent applicants (56%) feel universities and colleges should only make offers after people have received their academic results, according to a report from Universities UK

UCU said growing support for students applying to university after they receive their results meant it was time for a serious debate on admissions. The system is currently under review, but the union has previously criticised the make-up of the panel as it doesn't include any staff directly involved in the admissions process.

UCU said a move to post-qualification admissions (PQA) would be fairer for students, eradicate the need for unconditional offers and bring the whole of the UK into line with the rest of the world when it comes to university admissions.

UCU general secretary Jo Grady said: 'There is growing support for a shift to a post-qualification admissions system, where students apply to university after they have received their results. Our research shows such a move would not only be fairer for students, it would bring the UK into line with the rest of the world and eliminate the use of controversial unconditional offers.'

Last updated: 18 February 2020