Articles

You are here: Home Articles

Contextual Data and UK University Admissions

United Kingdom education experts are currently embroiled in a debate on the topic of university admissions. Some experts say that students from poorer areas, being financially disadvantaged, are unfairly kept out of university.

Of the poorest 25% of students in the UK at age 14, 50% want to go university, but only 13% of those students get admitted.

Experts from the UK social mobility division have come up with a solution – contextual data. Simply put, contextual data is an account of a student’s background that university admissions officers should take into account. Contextual data would mitigate the disadvantages to apt but low socio-economic students.

There is a strong case for contextual data, as most state school students perform at a high level once admitted to university. However, there is just as strong a case to say that disadvantaged students are continually choosing the wrong courses for university admissions.

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network/blog/2013/jun/20/university-admissions-access-contextual-data

Newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter to keep updated on the latest news, events, tips and advice on further study.

Subscribe

Contact Us

Call us for a free career consultation to determine
the right course for you.

  • Phone: 1300 600 836
  • International: +61 3 8844 9444

Connect With Us

ACPET