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Universities react to concerns over unconditional offers.

Universities are responding to the growing concern over the rise in the number of unconditional offers given to students.

It is estimated that around one third of applicants from England, Wales and Northern Ireland received unconditional offers last year from universities.

In total this meant that just under 70,000 offers were made, which has risen from 3,000 in five years.

This dramatic rise has brought into question whether the offers are being given on the basis of academic ability and whether it can lead to students to coast through the final months of their school life.

In a press release from UCAS’ Director of External Relations, Helen Thorne has said:  ‘”While unconditional offers are made for a number of reasons, we believe that universities should always emphasise to students the importance of completing their studies to the best of their abilities.

“This will help make sure they’re well prepared for their degree course, and for future employment.”

Universities have begun to change their offer system as it has increasingly been made aware of that the students are being affected by the side effects of unconditional offers.

St Mary’s University, Twickenham, has been one of the first to make the decision to axe the offer scheme.

Whilst York st John University has changed the way it chooses  future students.

The university now looks into factors such as a students academic potential, personal circumstances; the new Opportunity and Excellence offer scheme identifies elements of applicants history and status giving those with more challenging backgrounds an equal chance and also the information given through UCAS, with the aim to make every offer fair.

Alex Deacon, admissions officer at York St John University, said: “We adhere to our ethos of offering education to a wider mix of people to bring the best experience to our students.”

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