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Contextual admissions at Leading Universities (October 2018)

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Resource for teachers and their learners


This webinar was delivered at the Advancing Access virtual conference on 16th October 2018.

It was presented by staff from the University of Birmingham, the University of Bristol, the University of Exeter and Advancing Access.

This session explores the fast-changing issue of contextual admissions policies. It provides an overview of how universities use contextual data to better inform their undergraduate admissions processes.

This session includes specific information relevant to the University of Birmingham, the University of Bristol and the University of Exeter.


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