PODCAST: Access and participation, end of cycle, research bureaucracy

This week on the podcast we have a look at the ups and downs of the end of cycle UCAS figures. There’s an OfS analysis of access and participation plans out, we think about the implications of a reduction of research bureaucracy and a quick look at immigration and HE.

With Rachel Hall, Universities Editor at the Guardian, Amatey Doku, a Consultant at the Nous Group and David Kernohan, Associate Editor at Wonkhe hosted by Wonkhe’s Editor in Chief Mark Leach.

Items this week

Extrapolate

“Yes, but how does it extrapolate” is a segment from the people who brought you “yes, but does it correlate”. It celebrates a slow news day at The Times over Christmas, where a decision was made to extrapolate the rise in first class degrees from a massive four data points to come up with an exciting headline.

This week: In 2019 the UK sector’s acceptance rate (the number of acceptances divided by the number of applications – kind of a measure of how difficult it is to get a place you apply for) was 76.62 per cent. By what year would you expect it to reach 100 per cent?

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