University influence on A Levels must not be restricted to 'arbitrarily selected cadre', says 1994 Group

The 1994 Group of leading universities has responded to the news that universities will be called on to determine the content of A Level examinations.

Mark Fuller, 1994 Group Director of Communications, said:

"It's absolutely right that leading universities and academics have an influence on A Level qualifications alongside others, including employers. This influence must not be restricted to any single group of institutions which, by definition provide higher education only for a minority of eighteen year olds. Universities and employers need A-levels which are robust, fit for purpose and which recognise academic excellence.   This excellence is widely distributed across the UK's higher education sector. Indeed, the diversity of the country's institutions is a defining strength.  There are highly selective universities and highly selective courses in every part of the sector.

"The best way to improve A Levels would be to marshal the UK's full range of academic expertise rather than that of an arbitrarily selected cadre. For instance, 1994 Group institutions are recognised in the National Student Survey for the quality of their student experiences and for producing the best research in 16 subject areas, including physics and philosophy. Drawing on this type of expertise, and that from elsewhere in the HE sector, will ensure that the credibility of A Levels is fully enhanced."





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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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