Don't penalise the willing
The issue of 'widening participation' is an important one.
However, we feel that adopting the standardised admission ratio as a
measure of 'equality of access' would lead to positive discrimination in
favour of under-represented groups without due attention to each
individuals ability. This would be a regrettable step that would penalise
willing and able students from over-represented groups. We believe that
admission to university should be based on ability alone, based on a fair
and transparent system of selection.
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Competing interests: No competing interests