Universities to hide applicants’ names in anti-bias trial

The BBC is reporting that Universities are going to test “name-blind” admissions for the first time to stop potential discrimination based on assumptions about students’ names.

Exeter, Huddersfield, Liverpool and Winchester will pilot a system this year where the names of applicants are not seen during admissions. The aim is to stop “potential bias” about students’ race and identity.

The admissions process would use any relevant contextual information about a student – such as whether they were from a low-income family – but the name would be concealed.

The pilot study will find out how this might be implemented more widely, such as whether the name of the applicant should be known before a decision is taken to offer them a place.

Universities Minister Jo Johnson said he backed attempts to “stamp out inequality” in higher education.

Mr Johnson said: “We are committed to ensuring that everyone with the ability, regardless of their background, has the opportunity to study at our world-class universities. That is why we called on Ucas to conduct this review.”

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Do you think this will help prevent bias when admitting students for University? Do you agree that information on whether they’re from a low-income family should be viewed, or should this be hidden as well? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie

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