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GEES Conference – 25 June 2007. Recruitment to HE: Patterns and Issues Anthony McClaran Chief Executive. Overview. Setting the scene UCAS today Admissions trends Changes and challenges Questions and answers. Setting the scene.

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Gees conference 25 june 2007
GEES Conference – 25 June 2007

  • Recruitment to HE:

  • Patterns and Issues

  • Anthony McClaran

  • Chief Executive


Overview
Overview

  • Setting the scene

    • UCAS today

    • Admissions trends

  • Changes and challenges

  • Questions and answers


Setting the scene
Setting the scene

  • Established central role in UK admissions providing a wide-ranging, impartial service to schools, applicants and HEIs

  • UCAS is the central application agency for full-time

    • Undergraduate degree courses

    • Foundation degree courses

    • HND courses

    • HNC courses

    • Diploma of Higher Education courses

    • Certificate of Higher Education courses


Setting the scene1
Setting the scene

UCAS today

“The UCAS system is sophisticated and allows for many different routes. Its advantages for both applicants and institutions are that it eliminates duplication of effort, and provides a fair and consistent framework within which both applicants and institutions can compete.”

Wikipedia


Setting the scene2
Setting the scene

  • 1966 2006

  • 90,900 applicants 500,596

  • 44,500 acceptances 383,061

  • 63 institutions 325

  • GTTR – CUKAS


Setting the scene3
Setting the scene

Information and advice CPD Programme

Marketing services Publications

UCAS Card Website

Data & statistics Consultancy

Liaison with sector bodies/ Conferences & conventions

Development of HE policy

Qualifications & curriculum development


Setting the scene4
Setting the scene

Admissions levels

Source: UCAS Data and Information Unit


Setting the scene5
Setting the scene

Source: UCAS Data and Information Unit


Setting the scene6
Setting the scene

  • Upward trend continues:

  • Applications received by 21 May 2006: 447,763

  • Applications received by 21 May 2007: 470,158

  • % increase (2007 over 2006): 5.0%

    Source: UCAS Data and Information Unit


Setting the scene7
Setting the scene

Applicants by subject areas

2002 2005 2006

Medicine & dentistry 13,644 22,039 21,590

Subjects allied to medicine 26,082 41,441 42,195

Social studies 25,386 37,109 36,627

Creative arts and design 48,365 59,547 55,970

Physical sciences (including physical geography, geology & environmentalstudies) 13,635 14,384 14,499

Linguistics & Classics 11,086 12,907 12,583

Maths & computer sciences 34,136 26,250 24,722

Source: UCAS Data and Information Unit


Changes and challenges
Changes and challenges

  • Overview

    • Demographic change

    • The Leitch Report

    • 14-19 curriculum

    • Foundation degrees

    • Differentiation

    • International recruitment

    • Post Qualification Application (PQA)


Changes and challenges1
Changes and challenges

  • Demographic change

  • 2005 to 2028 projected 18 year old population

Source: The Knowledge Partnership


Changes and challenges2
Changes and challenges

  • The Leitch Report

    “Prosperity for all in the global economy: world class skills” (December 2006)

  • 4 objectives for 2020

    • 95% of adults to achieve the basic skills of functional literacy and numeracy

    • More than 90% of adults qualified to at least Level 2

    • Shifting the balance of intermediate skills from Level 2 to Level 3

    • Exceeding 40% of adults qualified to Level 4 and above


Changes and challenges3
Changes and challenges

  • Objective iv: Exceeding 40% of adults qualified to Level 4 and above

    • Up from 29% in 2005 with a commitment to continue progression

    • Unlikely to be achieved by further expansion of current model of HE

    • Rebalance the priorities of HEIs to make available relevant, flexible and responsive provision that meets the high skills needs of employers and their staff


Changes and challenges4
Changes and challenges

Highest qualification held by young accepted applicants to full-time degree courses, 2004 entry (% of applicants accepted with these different qualifications/combinations at different types of institutions)

Source: UCAS special analysis provided for Action on Access


Changes and challenges5
Changes and challenges

  • 14-19 curriculum

    • A* A level grades

    • Diplomas

  • How will HE react to Diplomas?

    • 14-19 HE Engagement Project Board


Changes and challenges6
Changes and challenges

  • Foundation Degrees

  • Continue to rise in popularity but still only account for low

    percentage of applicants to HE

  • Applications received by 24 March 2006: 23,506

  • Applications received by 24 March 2007: 28,567

  • % increase (2007 over 2006): 21.50%

    Source: UCAS Data and Information Unit


Changes and challenges7
Changes and challenges

  • Differentiation

  • Percentage of A level Scripts Achieving Grades

A - E

96.2%

A

28.8%

Source: Inter Board Statistics 2005


Changes and challenges8
Changes and challenges

  • Differentiation

    • 14 – 19 curriculum changes

    • New forms of evidence

    • Unit grades

    • Admissions tests


Changes and challenges9
Changes and challenges

  • International recruitment

    • Numbers increasing year-on-year

    • Fraud and verification

    • Financial implications

    • Perception that international students take HEFCE- funded places

    • Competition from other countries providing HE

    • UCAS International Board


Changes and challenges10
Changes and challenges

  • International recruitment

Overseas acceptances

Source: UCAS Data and Information Unit


Changes and challenges11
Changes and challenges

  • International recruitment

Overseas acceptances by top ten contributing countries in 2006

Source: UCAS Data and Information Unit


Changes and challenges12
Changes and challenges

  • Post Qualification Application (PQA)

    • Present system based on predicted examination results

    • Implementation of PQA long-delayed by logistical and political issues

    • Supported by Schwartz

      “The Steering Group wholeheartedly supports a move to PQA” Professor Steven Schwartz - September 2004

    • Consultation process

    • Delivery Partnership with Steering Group


Future challenges and changes
Future challenges and changes

  • Post Qualification Application (PQA)

    • What are we trying to do with admissions?

      freedom v assurance (mutual commitment)

      institutions’ interest v applicants’ interest

      ‘gathered field’ v ‘first come – first served’

      speed of processing v time for good decision making

      “the need to balance technical against human consideration has

      been a continuous theme in our office and committee

      considerations”

      Ronald Kay, General Secretary, UCCA, 1985


Future challenges and changes1
Future challenges and changes

  • Post Qualification Application (PQA)

  • Delivery Partnership:

    • Sector wide representation

    • Steering group

    • Initial proposals:

      • Choices reduced - 6 down to 5

      • Re-brand and re-launch Extra and Entry Profiles

    • Longer-term proposals:

      • ‘Gathered field’ and ‘trade-up week’

      • Integration of Entry Profiles

      • Route B

      • Integration of access courses and qualifications


GEES Conference – 25 June 2007

  • Any Questions

  • ?

  • Anthony McClaran, Chief Executive

  • Rosehill, New Barn Lane

  • Cheltenham GL52 3LZ

  • t: +44 (0) 1242 544990

  • f: +44 (0) 1242 544959

  • e: [email protected]


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