The UK releases a new Fair Admissions Code of Practice. Know how it benefits university applicants.

The new Fair Admissions Code of Practice sets the behaviors for universities to improve fairness and transparency in the admissions system while maintaining high academic standards. Universities UK (UUK) and GuildHE developed the self-regulation code, which expands on the results of the Fair Admissions Review, in consultation with applicants, school and college leaders, university admissions teams, and UCAS.

By Signing to the Code, the Universities agree to:

1) Not issuing ‘conditional, unconditional’ offers, in which an offer becomes unconditional if the candidate commits to that university.

2) Only use unconditional offers in specific situations, such as when credentials are already in place, or admissions choices are guided by auditions or interviews.

3) Ensuring that admissions policies are always transparent and accessible so that applicants and their advisers can understand them, including information on how choices are made and if entry criteria may change depending on an individual’s circumstances.

All academic experts and students have welcomed the move, as it will ease the student’s burden while selecting colleges and deciding which one to choose. They said that the rule brings much-needed improvements to the admissions process, such as improved accountability in advertising. It also opposes the exploitation of conditional, unconditional offers, which primarily benefit the institution or college. This guideline focuses on the unreasonable pressure placed on applicants to make decisions that may not be in their best interests. 

The Office for Students is also implementing new minimum benchmarks for drop-out rates and advancement to graduate positions, so students can be confident that their study will lead to stable jobs. The Fair Admissions Code of Practice permits universities and institutions to publicly commit to prioritizing applicants’ interests above everything else. The code behaviors promote fairness and openness in the admissions processes, encourage student choice, and prevent putting candidates under undue pressure. The Fair Admissions Code of Practice permits universities and institutions to publicly commit to prioritizing applicants’ interests above everything else. The code behaviors promote fairness and openness in the admissions processes, encourage student choice, and prevent putting candidates under undue pressure.

“Students’ best interests must be at the forefront of every admissions decision that’s made. The Fair Admissions Code of Practice clearly sets out the high standards that students, their parents, and teachers can expect from universities and colleges and ensures they can make informed choices about their future. As universities and colleges across the UK sign up to the Code, students can have renewed confidence in discovering and applying for the right course for them, and that their application will be considered fairly in a transparent process.” UCAS Chief executive.