This uni will NOT be giving out any more unconditional offers
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St Mary’s uni in London has announced it will not be giving out unconditional offers for the 2018/19 recruitment cycle. The Twickenham university has revealed they will not be giving out unconditional offers for students hoping to join the university in 2019. The uni revealed that students were not achieving the A-level grades but still getting admitted onto the courses. Last year, 499 students were given unconditional offers by the uni. According to St.Mary's online profile on Complete University Guide, they have a student population of 5,000. Nearly 10% of students may have entered the private uni with an unconditional offer in 2017/2018. John Brewer, the Pro Vice-Chancellor said 'it was clear to us that a number of students who enrolled with us after an unconditional offer was made didn't meet the grades they expected and this didn't merit the investment we made into that particular part of our recruitment programme.' The 2016 academic cycle was the first year that St. Mary's sent out unconditional offers and according to the data, the scheme does not merit the investment. Loughborough University has already taken a very cautious stance toward unconditional offers, believing that this could lead students to make the wrong choice of university. St Mary’s has made the bold claim to ban them altogether for the next academic year at least, joining the University of Liverpool. This comes after UCAS revealed they will be naming the universities giving out the most unconditional offers in January. Unconditional offers were given to almost 25% of students in the UK this year, compared to under 10% in 2015. Sam Gyimah who replaces Jo Johnson as the Minister for Higher Education, applauded the move and said the uni was 'putting the interests of students first' and 'standing up for quality and standards.' Matt Waddup, head of policy for University and College Union, said that unconditional offers have ‘made a mockery of exams’ and produced a ‘failing admissions system’. Tes reported earlier this year that some secondary A-level students were not even attending school following their unconditional offer. St Mary’s University is continuing to investigate their admissions process as part of an ongoing review. Featured image courtesy of City of Stoke on trent Sixthform
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