Universities changing offers in current round
26 Apr 2010
I've been picking up concerns from schools and colleges that there has been a growing tendency thsi year for universities to ask applicants for higher grades than required in their original offers.
In other words, universities are moving the goalposts in the middle of the admissions round.
This is, presumably, a response to the difficult position universities find themselves in after the government announced cuts in funding a few months ago -- and to growing anxiety about further funding cuts after the General Election. Another factor is the big rise in applications this year and universities' fears of receiving a financial penalty if they over-recruit.
One college has had confirmation from UCAS that there have been "significant numbers" of such increased offer requirements this year.
There is nothing in the UCAS rules to prevent a university upping the demands on an earlier conditional offer.
It seems that universities can even up their demands after the candidate has accepted the offer as either their "firm" or "insurance" place, although this is frowned upon.
Please let me know if this has been your experience as either an individual, school or college or university.
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