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Department for Education more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) publish data on the number of applications by the 15 January deadline. Data for the 2017 application cycle shows there were 187,470 applications from EU domiciled applicants, which is above the 157,170 applications made in 2010, but lower than the 202,250 applications in 2016. Note that UCAS data covers applications to full-time undergraduate courses only.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Table 1: Applications to UK providers from EU domiciled applicants by the 15 January deadline.</strong></p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2010</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2011</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2012</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2013</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2014</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2015</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2016</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2017</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Applications</p></td><td><p>157,170</p></td><td><p>177,300</p></td><td><p>157,890</p></td><td><p>166,620</p></td><td><p>176,560</p></td><td><p>190,330</p></td><td><p>202,250</p></td><td><p>187,470</p></td></tr></tbody></table>
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unstar this property label Biography information for The Marquess of Lothian more like this
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Department for Education more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>​Widening participation is a priority for this government. We want to ensure that everyone with the potential to benefit from a university education has the opportunity to do so, regardless of their background or where they grew up. Significant progress has been made in recent years; in 2018, 18-year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds were 52% more likely to enter full-time higher education than in 2009.</p><p> </p><p>However, we have made clear our expectation that the Office for Students (OfS) will challenge universities to make greater progress in widening access and participation.</p><p> </p><p>For example, we have asked the OfS to explore further the use of contextual information in university admissions, such as whether an applicant comes from a low participation neighbourhood or attends a school that does not send many students to university.</p><p> </p><p>​We expect universities to use unconditional offers responsibly. There are cases where the use of unconditional offers can be justified, however the systematic use of unconditional offers is not in the interest of students.</p>
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unstar this property label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of Winchester more like this
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Department for Education more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The table below shows that the number of Non-EU students entering UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) over the last five years. Entry data for 2015/16 and 2016/17 are currently unavailable.</p><p> </p><p>First year enrolments domiciled in Non-EU countries prior to study</p><p>UK HEIs</p><p>Academic Years 2012/13 to 2016/17</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>2012/13</p></td><td><p>2013/14</p></td><td><p>2014/15</p></td><td><p>2015/16</p></td><td><p>2016/17</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>171,900</p></td><td><p>179,400</p></td><td><p>174,300</p></td><td><p>Not Available</p></td><td><p>Not Available</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Student Record</p> more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of Winchester more like this
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Department for Education more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>In Autumn 2015, as part of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement, the following estimates were published, based on forecasts by English universities. These forecasts only include English Higher Education Institutions and do not separate out Home and EU students.</p><p>English Higher Education Institutions</p><p>Forecasts of student numbers</p><p>Academic Year 2015/16 – 2019/20</p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p>2015/16</p></td><td><p>2016/17</p></td><td><p>2017/18</p></td><td><p>2018/19</p></td><td><p>2019/20</p></td><td><p>Total growth</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Home and EU students (FTE)</p></td><td><p>1,300,000</p></td><td><p>1,340,000</p></td><td><p>1,370,000</p></td><td><p>1,400,000</p></td><td><p>1,440,000</p></td><td><p>130,000</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Non-EU students (FTE)</p></td><td><p>260,000</p></td><td><p>280,000</p></td><td><p>300,000</p></td><td><p>310,000</p></td><td><p>320,000</p></td><td><p>55,000</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Source: English universities’ forecasts, Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE). Figures may not sum due to rounding.</p>
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unstar this property label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of Winchester more like this
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p> </p><p><em>All committees operate according to the guidelines and standards outlined in the </em>Code of Practice for Science Advisory Committees (CoPSAC[1]). Any advisory committee that is classified as a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) is also subject to <em>formal Cabinet Office procedures including a full triennial review. </em></p><p><em> </em></p><p> </p><p>CoPSAC is underpinned by The Principles of Scientific Advice to Government', published in 2010 (Annex A to CoPSAC), and the ‘Nolan' principles for public life (the “Seven Principles of Public Life” (Annex C).</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The principles “provide a foundation on which independent scientific advisers and government departments should base their operations and interactions”. Members are also expected to abide by the Nolan Principles, which include the principles of objectivity and accountability.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Any “issues of concern over the application of the Principles, or other guidance” should be raised to the Chief Scientific Adviser. “If the matter of concern cannot be effectively resolved or is especially serious CSAs should approach the Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA) and Ministers should approach the GCSA and the Minister for Science. The matter will be examined against a clear set of criteria, which include a breach of the Principles or CoPSAC.”</p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><br /><p>[1] <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/278498/11-1382-code-of-practice-scientific-advisory-committees.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/278498/11-1382-code-of-practice-scientific-advisory-committees.pdf</a></p><p> </p>
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unstar this property label Biography information for The Countess of Mar more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p> </p><p /> <p>There is nothing in the Code of Practice for Science Advisory Committees (CoPSAC[1]) that prevents a committee from commissioning additional advice from experts, and committees are encouraged to “seek a wide range of advice from the best sources, particularly when there is uncertainty”.</p><p /> <p> </p><p /> <p> </p><p /> <p> </p><p /> <p>CoPSAC states “Where a SAC lacks the relevant expertise for a particular project or task (as opposed to the committee's on-going work), the committee can co-opt appropriate experts or establish sub-groups to include such people on an ad hoc, time-limited basis”.</p><p /> <p> </p><p /> <p> </p><p /> <p> </p><p /> <p> </p><p /> <p> </p><p /> <p> </p><p /> <p> </p><p /> <p> </p><p /> <p> </p><p /> <p> </p><p /> <p> </p><p /> <br /> <p>[1]<a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/278498/11-1382-code-of-practice-scientific-advisory-committees.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/278498/11-1382-code-of-practice-scientific-advisory-committees.pdf</a></p><p /> <p> </p><p /> <p> </p><p /> <br /> <p>[1]<a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/278498/11-1382-code-of-practice-scientific-advisory-committees.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/278498/11-1382-code-of-practice-scientific-advisory-committees.pdf</a></p><p> </p><p> </p>
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p> </p><p>The Code of Practice for Science Advisory Committees (CoPSAC[1]) lays out the procedures for appointment to Committees.</p><p> </p><p>CoPSAC indicates that the arrangements for the appointment of Committee members and the lines of accountability should be set out in each Committee's Terms of Reference.</p><p> </p><br /><p>[1]<a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/278498/11-1382-code-of-practice-scientific-advisory-committees.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/278498/11-1382-code-of-practice-scientific-advisory-committees.pdf</a></p><p> </p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p> </p><p>Members of the public may write to the Chair of the advisory committee. If necessary, complaints can be escalated in writing to the Chief Scientific Advisor for the department in question, or the Government Chief Scientific Adviser.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
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Department for Education more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to improving the flexibility of higher education provision and student choice. We are currently considering the evidence gathered via the recent call for evidence on <em>Accelerated Courses and Switching University or Degree, </em>and engaging stakeholders, to understand arrangements currently in place for supporting student transfer and any barriers to take up.</p><p>There are no regulatory barriers to students choosing to leave university prior to completing their course and having their learning accredited by a different higher education institution.</p><p>English universities are independent, autonomous bodies and it is their responsibility to decide how to recognise or accredit prior learning so they admit students who are able to succeed at that institution or on a particular course. Government has no power to interfere in university admissions.</p><p>Sound practice in English university recruitment, selection and admission is underpinned by the principles of fair admissions, or <em>Schwartz principles,</em> and the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education’s <em>UK Quality Code</em>.</p>
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Willis of Knaresborough more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Higher Education Funding Council for England and Higher Education Statistics Agency do not gather information on students who have had their prior learning from other institutions accredited to allow entry mid-course. The issue of improving understanding of student transfer was raised during our recent the call for evidence on <em>Accelerated Courses and Switching University or Degree. </em>We received over 4,500 responses to this and published a summary of the evidence we gathered on 20 December 2016.</p> more like this
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