Promoting Equity in Undergraduate Admissions



University of Manchester research is changing how young people apply for higher education courses. Jones’s core research – a pioneering study of the way in which equal-attainment university applicants construct their ‘personal statement’ – has impacted on more than 25,000 non-traditional university applicants. It has shifted practice among teachers, careers advisors and other practitioners, and raised awareness of access gaps among sector representatives, policy-makers and the wider public. Sustained collaborations with multiple independent partners have led to high-participation, evidence-based initiatives, such as the Academic Apprenticeship, now part of the Sutton Trust’s summer school, the Online System for Completing Applications & References (OSCAR) and UniRise.
Impact date20142020