How should universities pick students this year if no-one trusts exams?

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A-levels in 2020 were a disaster, leading to massive oversubscription at lots of institutions. GCSEs were worse. And, next year, how long your school stayed open during the pandemic may matter more in determining grades than pupil knowledge or aptitude. So how should universities respond?


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Chris Cook
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Sir Steve Smith is former Vice Chancellor at Exeter University and now the UK government’s International Education Champion.

Sir Chris Husbands is Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam. University

Dr Gill Wyness is Associate Professor of Economics, and Deputy Director of the Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities (CEPEO) at the UCL Institute of Education.

Anne-Marie Canning is CEO of The Brilliant Club. Anne-Marie was previously Director of Social Mobility and Student Success at King’s College London. In 2018 she was awarded an MBE for services to higher education, and she is the independent chair of the Department for Education-led Bradford Opportunity Area.