Monday 14 January 2019 / 12:01 AM Gordon Marsden / University

Gordon Marsden responds to UCU report

Gordon Marsden MP, Labour’s Shadow Higher Education Minister, responding to the UCU report on students applying for university after they receive their college grades, said:

“An urgent debate needs to be had on post-qualification admissions. This government has failed to take meaningful action to improve access and the current university admissions system too often makes it impossible for disadvantaged pupils to reach their full potential.

“From unreliable predicted grades that can underestimate the ability of disadvantaged students, to the skyrocketing number of unconditional offers, the current system is in need of a serious rethink if it is to give every student the chance to succeed.

“The next Labour government will build a National Education Service, scrap tuition fees and bring back maintenance grants to ensure every student can reach their full potential in a country for the many, not the few.”