Universities: Admissions

Department for Education written question – answered on 13th February 2020.

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Photo of Lord Bassam of Brighton Lord Bassam of Brighton Shadow Spokesperson (Further & Higher Education)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of proposals to establish a scheme of contextualised university offers to assist those from disadvantaged backgrounds; and what plans, if any, they have to support such a scheme.

Photo of Baroness Berridge Baroness Berridge Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade) (Minister for Women), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Universities are independent, autonomous bodies. As such, they are responsible for their own admissions decisions.

We are aware that many universities already adopt contextual admissions practices, to widen access of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Office for Students has encouraged the use of contextual admissions and the Government supports such initiatives.

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