Contextualised admissions report

10 July 2018

Responding to the Fair Education Alliance’s report ‘Putting Fairness in Context: using data to widen access to higher education’, Sarah Stevens, Head of Policy at the Russell Group, said:


“All Russell Group universities use contextual data to identify talented students, regardless of their background. Qualifications and predicted grades are a key indicator of academic ability, but universities take a range of other factors into account to understand the applicant's achievements in context. This includes the school or college attended, where a student grew up, whether they are a care leaver, or whether they are the first in their family to enter higher education.


“The FEA is spot on in its call for more accurate data to be made available, particularly around deprivation. We also welcome the emphasis on work with schools and the FEA’s support for our Advancing Access programme, through which we provide teachers with comprehensive information and advice about our universities’ admissions processes. Advancing Access has reached over 1,300 teachers and careers advisers, and we expect that number to grow over time.”

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