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UCAS acquires mobile app to create gateway for international PG students

#WeAreInternational - @UCAS_online has acquired MO University Assistant, a new multi-language mobile app to support international students and their agents and advisers apply for postgraduate courses in the UK. 

UCAS announces new Chair of the Board of Trustees

UCAS is delighted to announce Professor Koen Lamberts has been appointed Chair of our Board of Trustees.

With A-level exams cancelled, how can you help students enrich their UCAS application?

Help students get a head-start on their @UCAS_online applications despite school closures and use project-based work (#PBL) to enrich their subject knowledge and broader skill set  The UCAS application process can be a daunting time for students, as they pull together their academic and extracurricular achievements to secure a spot at the university of their choice. Yet 2020 will stand out as a particularly challenging year for the UK’s A-level students. With the majority of schools closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Education Secretary made the decision last month to cancel the upcoming GCSE and A-level summer exam series.

Inequality in university admissions shrinks during coronavirus pandemic

Today, Thursday 24 September, @UCAS_online has published an update showing the number of students accepted onto full-time undergraduate courses as of 10 September (28 days after A level and BTEC results day). In recent years, around 95% of students have been placed by this point.

UCAS receives upgraded Centre Assessed Grades and provides analysis on number of upgraded students able to meet conditions of original first choice

@ucas_online receives upgraded Centre Assessed Grades and provides analysis on number of upgraded students able to meet conditions of original first choice

UCAS: Students from disadvantaged backgrounds more likely than ever to be accepted into university on #ResultsDay

@ucas_online - Students are receiving their qualification results this morning and signing in to UCAS Track. Record numbers of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds have a confirmed place on an undergraduate course, more applicants have been accepted onto their first choice of course than last year, and overall, more applicants have a place compared to results day 2019.

University applications rise during lockdown, with fewer students currently planning to defer

A total of 514,020 people of all ages from across the UK have now applied through @UCAS_Online this year for a place on an undergraduate course – up 1.6% on this point in 2019, and reversing a fall in UK applicants from earlier this year.

Despite the Covid Crisis - there is a rise in number of students planning to start university this autumn

According to @ucas_online - There are currently more applicants holding a firm offer to start a course this autumn than the equivalent point last year, and fewer people accepting an offer for a deferred place.

Nursing and social work degrees have the most diverse pool of applicants compared to other major undergraduate subject areas.

Degree courses training our next generation of health and social care professionals are continuing to accept applications, and new @UCAS insight shows students from all walks of life will receive a warm welcome.

A level students still setting their sights on undergraduate study

86% of applicants studying #ALevels who responded to a joint @UCAS_online and @YouthSight survey said they were continuing with their application as planned, in light of disruption caused by #Coronavirus  Almost nine out of ten undergraduate applicants in the UK have not changed their mind about wanting to start university or college this autumn.

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