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The University makes use of the contextual data provided by UCAS in relation to applicants through that scheme. The University employs the contextual data provided by UCAS specifically to improve inclusivity, by recognising potential assessed using evidence-based criteria.
The intention of the use of the UCAS contextual data is to provide fairness and equality of opportunity to all applicants by ensuring that adequate steps are taken to address differences between applicants, including differences in their experience of educational opportunities. A level of performance which is exceptional in its context may indicate outstanding ability, motivation and potential, and we will take this into account when assessing the varying performance of candidates. This data will never be used to the disadvantage of an individual applicant but may be used in the limited circumstances described below to vary our typical offers.
The following principles and statements of intent apply to the use of contextual data in the admissions process:
The use of contextual data does not result in either an automatic offer of a place or a lower offer to a candidate. Where the holistic assessment of an individual candidate, through the evidence of the contextual data, indicates that differential treatment is justified, due to the evidence provided by that data, then the University may respond in two ways.
The University will keep its policy for the use of contextual date under review and up-date this policy statement when changes are agreed. In doing so, the University will refer to relevant external reference points such as the SPA Principles on the Use of Contextual Data in Admissions.
Approved:Academic Board, 13 July 2011