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star this property date less than 2018-12-13more like thismore than 2018-12-13
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Department for Education more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Universities: Admissions more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the Office for Students is taking to encourage universities to use unconditional and other alternative offers to widen participation by minority groups including those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of Winchester more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-12-20more like thismore than 2018-12-20
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>
star this property answering member printed Viscount Younger of Leckie more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of Winchester more like this