Universities pressuring students with unconditional offers ‘risk breaking the law’

Richard Vaughan quotes Sir Peter Lampl on unconditional offers in an article for iNews.

Universities that hand out unconditional offers to students with strings attached are at risk of breaking the law, the sector’s watchdog has warned.

The Office for Students has raised its concerns in a bid to crackdown on the spiralling number of unconditional offers being dished out to students in recent years.

According to the regulator, universities are increasingly offering so-called “conditional unconditional offers”, which means the offer will become unconditional only if the student makes it their “firm choice”.

‘Pressure selling’ The OfS says the practice is akin to “pressure selling”, which is a breach of consumer law.


Social mobility charities and unions said the growth of such offers has added weight to calls for a change in the university application process.

Sir Peter Lampl, founder of the Sutton Trust, said it was time for university places to be allocated after students receive their grades. “Having actual grades on application empowers the student. They can pick the right course at the right university with a high degree of certainty they are making the right choice,” he said.

The OfS’ Nicola Dandridge said the analysis “throws up a wider question of whether the admissions system as a whole is serving students’ interests in an era of intense competition between universities”.


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2019-01-28T15:06:57+01:00January 28th, 2019|Categories: In the News|Tags: , |

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