Last updated on 27 March 2020 at 5.20pm

Following the Secretary of State for Education’s recent announcement regarding examinations and assessments UCAS has advised that it will be providing an update to us as soon as possible.   

We would like to reassure you that we remain committed to our principle of ensuring that everyone who can benefit from Higher Education has the opportunity to do so and we will work to ensure that none of our applicants are disadvantaged by this unprecedented situation.

The University has issued the following message, from Professor Bob Cryan, our Vice-Chancellor,  to everyone from the UK and EU who has applied to study an Undergraduate course with us during this admissions cycle.

I understand this is a very difficult time for all those who are studying in preparation for university in September 2020. I wanted to write to you personally to provide some reassurance in the light of the announcements in the last few days by the Government, by the exam boards, and by UCAS.

You have worked hard for your qualifications, and I know that you do not want to see them devalued by being disregarded in the admissions process.

We will work sensitively with the new assessment arrangements to make sure that we recognise your achievement and your potential, and to be sure that we admit the students to our courses who have the capacity to succeed.

We have never been one of those universities which made indiscriminate use of unconditional offers as we do not believe they are in the interests of students. They are only appropriate in specific circumstances such as when a student has already been auditioned or assessed against their portfolio of work. As you will know the Government and UCAS have now clearly indicated that universities should not be making unconditional offers in the exceptional circumstances of the virus outbreak. The University of Huddersfield will be supporting this stance, and the views of the majority of applicants which we have heard, who want their individual efforts and achievement to be respected.

Please be assured that we treat each individual case sensitively. The release of results in July means there will be additional time for us to assess your situation if you believe the new arrangements have not fairly represented your potential to succeed at our award-winning university.  If you have already received your results as you sat examinations and assessments in previous academic years then this will not affect you and we will be able to finalise your offer immediately.

If you are an applicant from the EU please note that assessment arrangements and availability of results for international qualifications may also change. Further information is available from UCAS.

In the meanwhile, look after yourself and your family and friends – stay well, and I hope to see you in Huddersfield later in the year.

Professor Bob Cryan


PS – UCAS has written an open letter to applicants about the new assessment arrangements.

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