Status of the consultation
This consultation is currently paused and will relaunch no earlier than Autumn 2021-22.
The review has been delayed due to the significant impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the 2020-21 and potentially the 2021-22 admissions cycles. Our new time-limited condition Z3 to maintain integrity and stability in admissions remains in place until 30 September 2021, unless we choose to consult on removing the condition earlier.
We are committed to supporting a fair, reliable, and inclusive admissions system and will continue to ensure that students are well supported through the admissions cycle, taking proportionate action where needed. We are pausing our review to avoid placing additional regulatory burden on higher education providers who will be focusing on making admissions in 2021 as fair as possible, in light of any potential further disruption over the course of this cycle.
We are working closely with the sector, the government and UCAS on this, including through the ministerial task force, with the aim of making sure that next year’s cycle is fair and gives all students the right to choose the right course for them. We will also work with stakeholders and students across the sector before taking a decision on when and how to relaunch the review.
Any responses to the review made before it was paused will be kept and reviewed when the consultation reopens, subject to any changes we make to the review.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Hilary Jones or Edward Davison. For press enquires please email [email protected]