UCAS End of Cycle Data - University of Nottingham ends unconditional offers
The University of Nottingham has reconfirmed it has ended unconditional offers ahead of UCAS figures published on 30 January 2020. The university announced in January 2019 that it was ending the practice of making unconditional offers with effect from September 2019.
The University took the decision in December 2018 to end its High Achievers scheme, introduced in 2014 to secure and support the most talented students. The scheme’s use of unconditional offers initially proved useful in attracting applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds and delivered modest gains in student recruitment and conversion in targeted subjects.
However, with many applicants now receiving three or more unconditional offers from different universities, Nottingham’s use of unconditional offers to demonstrate the University’s faith in particularly talented applicants was no longer relevant.
The University was also concerned at the reported variation between predicted and actual A-level results for some students who held unconditional offers from universities, indicating that some pupils may lose motivation at a critical period in their studies.
The University honoured unconditional offers made in the 2018/19 recruitment cycle, reflected in today’s UCAS data, and will continue to make unconditional offers where applicants have completed their qualifications and hold their results. The University has also introduced a new contextual offers policy for 2020 entry applicants to support the recruitment of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.