Although the overall number of unconditional offers has increased by around 300 since 2010…
National press recently reported there had been a ‘disturbing surge’ in the number of students receiving unconditional offers from universities. However, new data acquired by The Print reveals that unconditional offers made by Queen Mary (as a proportion of overall offers made) have actually decreased since 2010, contrary to national trends.
Although the overall number of unconditional offers made by Queen Mary has increased by approximately 300 since 2010, this has been in response to a higher number of conditional offers also made in particular years and not indicative of the university ‘chasing students’ as some have suggested.
In 2010, ten percent of all offers made by Queen Mary were unconditional; in 2018 this number was under eight percent. The highest number of unconditional offers were made in 2014 when 1850 prospective QMUL students received them.
A report by UCAS at the end of November revealed that over a third of applicants received unconditional offers in 2018, up from their prediction of a quarter of students made over the summer.
The education secretary, Damian Hinds, said: “This very steep rise in their use is disturbing. This report shows that many students could be distracted from the final year of their schooling and achieve A-level grades lower than they are capable of.”
However, the report also says: “Most applicants, regardless of the type of offer they hold, miss out on their teacher’s A level predictions by two or more grades.” 67% of applicants who have hold unconditional offers do not meet their target, compared to 56% who hold conditional offers.
According to UCAS, over 70 per cent of students have a positive opinion of unconditional offers, adding: “Many speak about a reduction in stress, and the mental health and wellbeing benefits this confers.”
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