1994 Group responds to Ofqual A Level announcement

The 1994 Group of leading smaller research-intensive universities has responded to today’s announcement from Ofqual on A Level reform.


Alex Bols, Executive Director of the 1994 Group, said:


“Universities have at stake in A Level reform and it’s important we get it right. Making sure that A Levels are reliable indicators of academic talent is absolutely essential, as they remain the primary way of identifying whether school leavers are prepared for degree courses. We therefore welcome the move to reduce resit opportunities increasing the rigor of these exams.


“We also welcome the intention to involve universities in designing A Level courses, but warn that the involvement needs to incorporate expertise from across the higher education sector and not be confined to a select few universities.


“Finally, we feel that reform needs to happen at an appropriate pace. There is a real risk that rushing to have new arrangements in place next year will result in damaging unintended consequences. Ofqual would be far wiser to phase change in over the next few years with appropriate review points factored into the timetable. “




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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.    7 of the top 30 universities in the Guardian University Guide 2013 league tables are 1994 Group members; 3 of the top 30 universities in the 2013 Sunday Times University League Table are 1994 Group members; 7 of the top 30 universities in the 2012 Complete University Guide are 1994 Group members.

3.  The 1994Group represents: 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, , School of Oriental and African Studies, University of Sussex.

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