UCAS Scraps Personal Statements For The Future

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) has made a bold move in the fight for educational equity by scrapping the requirement for personal statements in university applications. This change comes as a response to the claim that personal statements have been favouring middle-class students who have better access to “high-quality advice and guidance.”

Instead of the 4,000-character essay, students will now be required to answer a series of questions about the higher education course they are applying for. This shift in the application process was announced in February 2022 and was met with support from Universities Minister, Michelle Donelan, who stated, “I have always felt that personal statements in their current form favor the most advantaged students. So, I’m pleased that UCAS have confirmed that reform of the personal statement is in their plans so that personal statements work to the benefit of all students.”

UCAS consulted with over 1,200 students, 170 teachers, and more than 100 universities and colleges before making these transformative reforms. The results of the survey showed that while 72% of respondents had a positive view of personal statements, an overwhelming majority of 79% agreed that writing the statement is difficult to complete without support, and 83% said they found the process of writing a personal statement stressful.

The structured questions aim to “bring focus and clarity for students, reducing the need for support.” Students will be asked questions about their motivations for studying courses, what they have done to prepare, and any extenuating circumstances. This new approach will create a more supportive framework, helping guide students through their responses by removing the guesswork, as well as capturing the information universities and colleges have told UCAS they really need to know from applicants when it comes to offer-making.

These changes to the admission process will be introduced no earlier than 2024 for students applying to begin university in 2025. UCAS has also indicated that in the future, it would consider moving away from written text to multimedia submissions, further breaking down barriers and leveling the playing field for all students.

This is a game-changer for higher education, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. It’s time to tear down the walls of privilege and give every student an equal chance to succeed. The future of education is brighter than ever before!

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