Russell Group response to changes to undergraduate references for 2024 entry

31 March 2023

In response to new guidance on undergraduate references released by UCAS for 2024 entry, Chantel Le Carpentier, Policy Analyst at the Russell Group, said:

"Our members have engaged positively with UCAS to make additional improvements to the final guidance to references for applications to 2024 entry and are satisfied that the new format and supporting guidance will be able to capture the information needed to make to fair and informed admissions decisions.

"In particular, the changes made mean that students applying to our universities will not require an additional reference to the one provided to UCAS, ensuring the system remains streamlined for students, schools and colleges and universities.

"It’s important that changes to the admissions system increase fairness and transparency so that talented applicants of all backgrounds with the drive to succeed can access world-class education. We look forward to engaging with UCAS next year on how well these changes have supported equality of opportunity and improved the quality of information supplied to universities."


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