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Universities to hand out fewer unconditional offers

For years, numbers of unconditional offers issued by universities in the UK have been steadily rising, contributing to regular interventions from figures in government, most recently Education secretary Gavin Williamson, who stated that unconditional offers lower attainment by making recipients of such offers less likely to achieve their predicted grades. However, a UCAS forecast for…

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Surge in number of politics students since referendum

In the divisive era of Brexit, Trump, and the climate crisis, it is university politics departments who are reaping the benefits, with applications to politics courses up 28% since the 2016 Brexit referendum. Professor Lee Marsden, Head the Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication department at UEA, says that, “since 2016, there has been considerable growth…

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Nottingham to remove unconditional offers after national increases

The University of Nottingham has confirmed that it will end the controversial admissions policy of unconditional offers from this September. This follows the release of statistics showing that Nottingham is the second highest provider of unconditional offers throughout Russell Group universities, with over 11 percent of offers standing as such. A spokeswoman for the university…

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Universities set to clamp down on unconditional offers

In a previous article, Concrete revealed that less than half of UEA students actually meet their offer. Now, research from the Office for Students (OfS) and UCAS shows that applicants who accept an unconditional offer are five percent more likely to miss their predicted grades by two grades or more than those who accept a…

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Are exams pointless?

Some exams are archaic reflections of a ‘one size fits all’ system of streamlining. People may vilify them as an unnecessary cause of stress among students. I mean, what’s the point of finding out a person’s ability to memorise a volume of information that will be forgotten at the end of two hours? However, it…

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