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UCU poll shows over 80% of school, college and university leaders want to reform the university admissions system - AoC responds

11 August 2020

Today (Tuesday 11 August), Universities and Colleges Union has published a report on the overhaul of the university admissions system. The data shows that over 80% of those surveyed wanted to explore allowing students to apply after their results are known. Responding to the report, Chief Executive, David Hughes said: “UCU’s poll comes at a time of great disruption in the education system and is a timely reminder that we need to make sure the higher education applications process is fit for purpose. Post-qualification applications would require a major overhaul of the system, probably including changes to exam timetables and term dates. If we are to make those changes, we must ensure that students’ needs and fair outcomes are at the forefront. There are good potential benefits to a PQA system, particularly if a planned approach can unleash new technology to transform the process. What we need now is an open debate about how the new system could work to create space for a successful PQA system.”