i agree with most replies to this thread. for a start, positive and negative discrimination are both wrong in my eyes, but as far as UCAS applications go, i dont think there is much going on. plus, as has been pointed out a good few times, they will find out your true ethnic identity sooner or later, be it at interview or when you start, and if they have offered candidate number 53897 a place, and that person then turns up to registration and turns out to be black/white/asian/whatever the "racist" is against, they can hardly withdraw that person's place can they? and while i doubt that there are many about, but would you really want to do a course where the staff are racist anyway? so in the tiny number of cases where this might happen, you are probably better off out of it anyway. anyone who blames ther rejection on racism, on the basis that their name is shah/lopez/smith whatever, or because they are of the wrong gender, or from the wrong part of the country...is the same as that girl who got rejected by oxford a couple of years ago and then went whinging on the news saying that it was because she was from a comp. they are just bitter and have a bruised ego. grow up.
Even if there are some admissions tutors that have racism pent up inside of them, what can we do?
they cant be found out, its not like they stamp the ucas forms ''BLACK'' ''WHITE'' ''BROWN''.
you can accuse them, and they will deny it.
Why would Oxbridge be racist? They get lots of money from international students and since they're underfunded it's best not to deter these students away. I was told the problem is more associated with class than anything.
Having universities only know you using a number and not a name would make sending out information via the post a little tricky - it would all have to be sent via UCAS adding on an extra weeks delay and a large administrative cost.
Would you want the number only ID to carry on through results day and clearing? To be fair you would have to but then as clearing is generally done almost entirely unofficially over the phone and direct between uni and applicant (with UCAS getting involved a week or so after results day) it would be difficult to enforce.
The ethnicity/social class/income etc information provided on your UCAS form isn't passed on to universities until the November after results day (ie often more than a year after your UCAS form is sent off). Disability information is passed on but only the code and no details, universities have to contact applicants directly to try to determine if they're able to meet an applicants access requirements.
When decisions are made about who gets a place and who doesn't admissions tutors have your name and address, exam results, work history, personal statement, predicted grades, school details (address and centre number only - they can look up past school performance on the dfes or bbc websites if they want to as it's publically available information) and reference.