UA has today, Tuesday 18 August, commented on the announced changes to the way A-levels and other qualifications will now be graded.
CEO Vanessa Wilson said:
“Alliance universities will continue to be incredibly flexible, as they have been throughout this crisis, and do everything in their power to help learners achieve their ambitions and work through these issues in the days ahead.
“Our priority now is supporting students who have experienced disruption and stress as a result of these ever-changing policies, and who have already faced significant challenges due to the Covid pandemic. We advise learners to think carefully about their next steps, speak to their parents, guardians and teachers and get in to contact with their preferred university to advise on their options.
“This late-change in policy does pose a number of challenges for universities, particularly with capacity on those courses which require practical delivery and placements, and decisions are being taken against a backdrop of ensuring staff and students are kept safe from Covid. As a member of the newly established ministerial Higher Education Taskforce, University Alliance will address these challenges and will look to ensure universities are supported in managing this transition and change in policy.”