The Fair Admissions Review sought to ensure that the application process is fair to all applicants. To help achieve this goal, this research aims to:
- Gauge perceived level of fairness of the different stages of the process and requirements;
- Explore level of support at each stage;
- Identify specific elements of the process which could be better supported;
- Highlight any barriers to preferred choices.
- Seven in ten (70%) applicants consider the application process fair – one in ten (12%) say it is unfair and one in five (18%) say it is neither fair nor unfair; Those who consider the application process to be unfair most commonly say this is because the career advice they were given wasn’t very helpful (34%) or because the application process was too long (29%).
- Four in five (79%) applicants say they felt supported by the universities/colleges they applied to during the application process – just one in five (19%) say they felt unsupported.
- Approaching two thirds agree that the application process works well as it is or that it is fine to apply with predicted grades (64% for both) – almost three in ten disagree with each (28% for both).
- However, over half (56%) agree that universities/colleges should only make offers after people have received their academic results.
Date Published: 17/02/2020
Categories: Education | GB | Public and communities | Social
Client: Universities UK
Savanta ComRes have conducted interviews online with 1,499 adults aged 18+ who have applied to a UK university /college/other HE institution between 2015-2019 and have been UK residents at the time of applying. Data were weighted by age, gender and region in order to be representative of all HE applicants between 2015-2019. Savanta ComRes is a member of the British Polling council and abides by its rules.