University entrance: Manchester university response
23 Jun 2008
Your own interjections in this debate are absolutely crucial. Whether we like it or not, such discussions about University admissions are all-too-often played out within a narrow set of parameters, where terms such as “social engineering” and “dumbing down” are used as euphemisms for the genuine attempts by universities to seek out the very brightest and the best, whatever their background. We need more people like you highlighting the perverse consequences of additional testing for university entrance on our prospects of greater social mobility. Without such debate, the alternative is to sleep walk into a situation where the upper echelons of our higher education system simply reproduces - and worse still widens – previous inequities based on social background. No authentic university would wish this to happen.
For more see this article from the Vice Chancellor of Manchester University: http://www.staffnet.manchester.ac.uk/presidentandvc/bulletin/