Kath and Jenny have been working on the SPA research: Fair Admissions to Higher Education – Research to describe the use of contextual data in admissions at a sample of universities and colleges in the UK, which has now been published at: www.spa.ac.uk/contextual-data/contextual_data_research_project.html
The research provides an overview of current practices and thinking in universities and colleges through a consistent description and assessment of the use of contextual data. It looks at the evidence base for contextual data use in admissions; the approaches, practices and methodologies used; issues with regard to the provision and sources of data and how such data can add value to professionalism within HE admissions.
Professor Sir Steve Smith, Chair of the SPA Steering Group and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter said:
“This report provides for the first time the wider picture on contextual data use in admissions and highlights the appetite in the higher education sector to demonstrate that fair admissions is taken seriously. It provides the basis for further work by SPA and others to drive up the quality and consistency of publicly available data to support universities and colleges wanting to use a wider range of data in their access and admissions work.”