The Sutton Trust responds to UUK’s Fair Admissions review. 

Commenting on the Fair Admissions Review published by Universities UK, Sir Peter Lampl, founder and chairman of the Sutton Trust and chairman of the Education Endowment Foundation, said:

“We welcome the Universities UK Fair Admissions Review, in particular the focus on post-qualification applications and contextual admissions.

“The Trust has long advocated for the introduction of post-qualification applications, where students apply to university with their actual grades in hand. Not only could this help social mobility, but our research shows it would be popular with young people too, with two thirds believing it would make the system fairer.

“Contextual admissions – taking a student’s background into account when considering their grades – are another important tool for widening access and one that we support.”


  • The Sutton Trust is committed to improving social mobility from birth to the workplace. Founded by Sir Peter Lampl in 1997, the Trust has supported over 30,000 young people through evidence-led programmes and published over 200 pieces of agenda-setting research, many of which have influenced government policy.
  • Last month, the Sutton Trust published polling which found that two-thirds of this year’s university entrants are in favour of removing predicted grades from university admissions and making decisions based on actual results:

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