1994 Group welcomes UCAS proposals to reform university applications

The 1994 Group of leading universities has welcomed the report of the UCAS review into the universities admissions process.


Mark Fuller, 1994 Group Director of Communications, said:


“There is much that can be done to refresh and improve the current applications system and the UCAS review has been a very positive measure. We are particularly pleased with the proposals for a more managed clearing process, and with the emphasis placed on information, advice and guidance.


There were clear problems with the post-results applications proposals that were put forward, so it’s good to see that UCAS has listened to the sector and decided against implementing them. The current system allows for institutions to develop relationships with prospective students, helping to support them through the process. It also encourages aspirational application choices from students of non-traditional backgrounds. While the principles of post-results applications are sound it would be unwise to move to a system that lacks these features.”






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Notes to Editors:

1.    The 1994 Group represents the UK’s leading student-focused research-intensive universities. It was established in 1994 to promote excellence in University research and teaching.


2.  9 of the top 20 universities in the Guardian University Guide 2012 league tables are 1994 Group members. 5 of the top 20 universities in the 2012 Sunday Times University League Table are 1994 Group members. 6 of the top 20 universities in the 2012 Complete University Guide are 1994 Group members. The University of Bath is the Sunday Times University of the year.

3. The 1994Group represents: University of Bath, Birkbeck University of London,  University of East Anglia, University of Essex,  Goldsmiths University of London, Institute of Education University of London, Royal Holloway University of London, Lancaster University, University of Leicester, Loughborough University, University of Reading, University of St Andrews, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of Surrey, University of Sussex.

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