• DfE to consult on post-qualification admissions as Williamson signals 'radical change'

    Education secretary Gavin Williamson has signalled plans to “radically change” the university admissions system which is “letting down” the brightest pupils from the most disadvantaged backgrounds. Williamson said that he will review a post-qualification university admissions (PQA) system, whereby students in England would receive university offers once they have obtained their final grades. The move comes

    17.42 Nov. 13th, 2020 | News

  • Universities back post-qualification admissions but shoot down move to January start

    A major review into university admissions is calling for places to be offered after students have been awarded grades – but it shot down proposals to shift start dates back to January. Universities UK (UUK), the university umbrella body, suggests switching to a post-qualifications admission model from 2023, subject to full consultation, as part of

    0.01 Nov. 13th, 2020 | News

  • Universities agree to honour first choice offers for pupils who hit grades after U-turn

    Universities have agreed to honour all-first choice offers for thousands of students rejected last week who have now had their results upgraded. The government’s Higher Education Taskforce, including the Russell Group of universities and representative body Universities UK, has agreed the commitment as the government lifts the cap on places for medicine, dentistry, veterinary science

    11.52 Aug. 20th, 2020 | News

  • Hold places for appealing A-level students, minister tells universities

    Universities should hold places for pupils who choose to appeal against their A-level grades, the government has said. In a further sign the government is gearing up for an outcry over standardised grades similar to that seen in Scotland last week, universities minister Michelle Donelan has written to university vice-chancellors to urge them to be

    12.01 Aug. 11th, 2020 | News

  • DfE releases guide to partnerships with universities and private schools

    The Department for Education has published guidance and case studies aimed at encouraging more partnerships between state schools, universities and the independent school sector. The documents include a guide to setting up partnerships and how to write a “memorandum of understanding” outlining the terms of a common plan of action. They also feature examples of

    17.53 Nov. 6th, 2018 | News

  • How can universities best support their local schools?

    An ambitious attempt to improve teachers and teaching in South Yorkshire is focusing on a collaborative approach to recruitment, development and retention, says Sam Twiselton With the government so caught up in Brexit that Labour is getting away with stealing the best schools policies from old Tory green papers, it seems like an opportune time

    5.00 Sep. 29th, 2018 | Opinion

  • 'No need to finish your A-levels,' universities tell school pupils

    School pupils are being told by universities that they don’t need to finish their A-levels, it has been claimed. Pupils are “increasingly the subject of persuasive strategies” from universities, according to Bill Watkin, the chief executive of the Sixth-Form Colleges Association. Some are even encouraging pupils to quit school early and take up foundation degrees.

    17.10 Jun. 13th, 2018 | News