According to The Telegraph higher education institutions have been quietly using so-called “contextual offers” as part of their admissions system in order to escape “negative reactions”, according to a research paper by the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi).
Nick Hillman, director of Hepi, said that universities have been hesitant to publicise the fact that they are giving lower offers to disadvantage students because they fear students are averse to the practise.
“Giving disadvantaged applicants lower entry offers is one of the most controversial things that universities do,” he said. “Students will be worried that the person sitting next to them in the lecture hall has been let in on an easier criteria.”
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