Commenting on the UCAS End of Cycle report, Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the Office for Students, said:
'I welcome the publication of this data by UCAS, and the increased transparency it brings around the use of unconditional offers.
'We are especially concerned about ‘conditional unconditional offers’. These are offers where a student has to commit to making a particular university their first choice before the offer becomes unconditional. The risk is that this places undue pressure on students to reach a decision which may not be in their best interests.
'As we made clear when we published our insight brief on this topic last week, there are some good reasons why universities might make unconditional offers. However, for a number of universities this data will make uncomfortable reading – where they cannot justify the offers they make they should reconsider their approach.'
For further information contact Aislinn Keogh on 0117 905 7676 or [email protected]
- See our insight brief on unconditional offers