Admissions Presentation

Admissions Trends and Behaviours
Ian Blenkharn, Head of Admissions and Registry Services
Topics for discussion
2013 cycle so far
Reflections on 2012
To ABB or not to ABB
2014 cycle
Fees and Funding
Fair access
Contextual data
2013 cycle so far…
 Total UCAS applications up 3.5% (15 Jan)
 Trend for later applications up to 15 January deadline –
more research?
 International applications are up, as are mature
student applications – although mature student
applications were down considerably in 2012.
Source: UCAS
The Exeter picture
 Huge increase in applications – Home/EU undergraduate
applications currently up 29% (37% if you include applications
to our new Medical School).
 Increases across almost every subject area and across all
campuses – in Exeter and in Cornwall.
 Quality of applications also appears to be up. The increase
in the number of AAA+/IB36+ students is ahead of our
increase in applications.
Reflections on 2012
 A ‘perfect storm’ for universities
 Fall in application rates, fewer deferrals from 2011, tougher
marking in A Levels
 First year of new AAB+ controls – see later slides
 Some advantages for students – more choice/capacity at
Confirmation, Clearing and Adjustment. We saw much more
movement of students in this period.
To ABB or not to ABB….
 New student number controls introduced in 2012.
 HEIs now able to recruit as many ‘high quality’ students as
they like.
 Definition of ‘high quality’ is ABB+ or equivalent – but there
are plenty of exceptions. This has been relaxed from AAB+ in
 Because of under-recruitment across the sector in 2012,
HEFCE have been able to be more generous with their SNC
allocations – good for fairness and transparency!
2014 cycle
 Still going to be a lot of unknowns about 2014 entry.
 Impact of UCAS reforms to application process?
 Fee/funding levels won’t be agreed until close to the start of
the recruitment cycle.
 Could be further changes to student number control system
– relaxation to BBB+?
 Will there continue to be demand for places….?
Fees and Funding
 No fees paid upfront, costs covered by a loan
 Loans repaid at £21k earnings threshold
 Real rate of interest – RPI plus up to 3%
 Fees charged up to £9k (plus inflationary increase?)
 Grant support available – income threshold of £42k
 National Scholarships programme
 Institutional scholarships/bursaries
Fair Access
 Confusion between ‘Fair Access’ and ‘Widening
 Milburn’s Social Mobility Report – particular focus on
research intensive / selective institutions
 Fair Access primarily focused on admissions and assessing
potential (Hoare, 2010)
Contextual Data
 What is it?
 Additional information to aid and support the decision
making process and improve inclusivity
 Evidence based judgement
 Applicants may not be treated in exactly the same way
as different factors maybe be considered, all applicants
are individuals with different backgrounds.
Educational Factors
 School/college progression rates
 School performance at GCSE
 Progression from year 11 to FE
 Average QCA points per qualification
Personal Factors
 Disability
 Ethnicity
 Age/experience (eg Mature Students)
Socio-economic Factors
 In receipt of free school meals
 Living in a low progression neighbourhood
 Socio-economic class IIM-VII
 In care for longer than three months
Exeter’s use of contextual data
 Very much focused on educational factors: See
 Evidence-based approach, reviewed annually
 Part of our holistic assessment of an applicant’s potential to

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