Russell Group responds to DfE announcement on assessment conditions for summer 2021

25 February 2021

In response to the DfE announcement on assessment conditions for summer 2021, Cat Turhan, Policy Analyst at the Russell Group, said:

“We’re pleased the Government has confirmed that this summer’s results day for students will continue to be ‘coupled’ with when universities are informed of results for admissions purposes. This will allow places at university to be confirmed quickly, reducing stress for applicants and pressure on the appeals system. 

“The decision to bring results day forward to early August will help universities better support students by giving more time to process results, make decisions and arrange crucial onboarding activities, while still allowing time for appeals. These positive changes will support our universities with robust and fair decision making, and allow them to be as flexible as possible to help ensure students are not disadvantaged by changes to assessments in 2021.”

The Russell Group’s recommendations in its response to the Ofqual/DfE consultation on assessment conditions for summer 2021 can be found here.

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