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Shabana Mahmood MP, Labour's Shadow Universities Minister, said in response to the UCAS Admission Process Review:

"We welcome the UCAS consultation on proposals to reform the applications system and its efforts to remove the uncertainty of applying to university, allowing students to apply based on the grades that they have actually achieved as opposed to applying based on guesswork.

"Any changes to the A-level and applications process will need careful consideration by both schools and universities, but as there has been no fundamental overhaul of the university admissions system for over 50 years it is time for applicants to use a system that is fit for purpose and does not disadvantage a particular group of students.

"By trebling tuition fees, this out of touch Government is putting many students off from applying to university altogether. Applications are down by 12%, denying chances to the next generation and making it more likely the promise of Britain will be broken. We would cut tuition fees to a maximum of £6,000 by making the best-paid graduates contribute more and reversing the corporation tax cut for the banks."

 

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