TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION: Ucas personal statement ‘contributes to access inequalities’

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Period24 Nov 2022

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  • TitleUcas personal statement ‘contributes to access inequalities’
    Media name/outletTimes Higher Education
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionProfessor Jones said: “Fee-paying schools and colleges have long known that the Ucas personal statement, in its current form, is a chance for their pupils to advantage themselves further in the university application game. Lots of extracurricular activities can be made available, and lots of help writing the statement can be offered.

    “Ucas has remained wedded to a ‘free response’ personal statement, even as evidence of its limits has grown. In other nations, a more fair-minded and context-sensitive approach to selection has long been taken. 

    “The reforms that we’re recommending will belatedly begin to level the admissions playing field.”
    PersonsSteven Jones


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