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    Universities have handed unconditional offers out like sweets this year, to students who haven't even got their A-level grades yet, as a trade-off for a student choosing that uni as their firm.

    Russell Group unis like Birmingham and other respected unis like Sussex included in this practice, as the cap on student numbers has been loosened.

    Isn't this a rather worrying development in higher education?
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    (Original post by Numberwang)
    Universities have handed unconditional offers out like sweets this year, to students who haven't even got their A-level grades yet, as a trade-off for a student choosing that uni as their firm.

    Russell Group unis like Birmingham and other respected unis like Sussex included in this practice, as the cap on student numbers has been loosened.

    Isn't this a rather worrying development in higher education?
    My view is that if you marketise higher education, you cannot be surprised when suppliers seek to develop the market. It is like complaining that Tesco have put baked beans on special offer.

    However, I think UCAS were wrong to allow offers conditional on firm acceptance. That is allowing universities to subvert the UCAS system, and represents the start of a slippery slope to the collapse of UCAS.

    One can see the next stage. The UCAS system allows universities to accept a student essentially "off UCAS" by means of a "record of prior acceptance". At present it is used for overseas students recruited via agents and a few mature students. However, it could be used to poach students who have already made their five choices, and accepted conditional offers, elsewhere.
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    (Original post by Numberwang)
    Universities have handed unconditional offers out like sweets this year, to students who haven't even got their A-level grades yet, as a trade-off for a student choosing that uni as their firm.

    Russell Group unis like Birmingham and other respected unis like Sussex included in this practice, as the cap on student numbers has been loosened.

    Isn't this a rather worrying development in higher education?
    Cambridge use to give out EE offers and I'm assuming that applicants wouldn't be given those if they hadn't received As at AS which is 240+/300 and an E is 240/600 so those offers were actually unconditional and this practice has been removed, so surely this problem is getting better at some places.

    Considering the attitude of a lot of students on the Results Thread that they just want to get into their firm it is very worrying indeed because students could just fail or get Es and then go into their university course, with very little likelihood of succeeding-it will just mean that Universities won't get all their £9,000 back as students fail and don't earn high enough to pay it back in full because they can't get onto a graduate scheme.

    If universities can guarantee they are giving out unconditional offers to students, who have the right attitude and aim to the top regardless of firm offers then this wouldn't be a problem.I think the only explanation for this can be that universities are trying to grab students away from other universities because if the student failed to meet an offer, they could just accept them anyway-the only problem for a university occurs when a student doesn't firm their offer, which must be what universities are trying to avoid.
 
 
 
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