Be sensitive on admissions

19th January 2001 at 00:00
UNIVERSITY admissions tutors must be "culturally sensitive" when looking for evidence of personal achievement, a new code of practice will say. Students should be selected according to "transparent" policies, said the Quality Assurance Agency which is drawing up the code. However, universities will not be expected to discriminte in favour of state school pupils. In evidence to the House of Commons education select committee, which is investigating access to higher education, Julie Swan, QAA development director, said that they should look beyond the traditional evidence of "leadership" qualities as being captain of the school rugby team.

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