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					April 2011

Dear Colleague

                                      April Mailing 2011

I have pleasure in enclosing the monthly mailing for April from UCAS and UCAS Media.

Replying to offers

Most students will now be in a position to reply to their offers having received all decisions on
their application. An applicant’s personal deadline to reply will be displayed in Track.
Applicants who received all decisions on their application by 31 March will have a reply date
of 5 May, applicants who have not received all decisions by this date will have a later reply
date, dependent on when the last decision is received.

Students must reply online through the Track service. Information on replying to offers is
available from If your centre
subscribes to Adviser Track you will be able to see your applicants’ replies to their offers.

Applicants who have no offers, or have declined all the offers they have received, can still
apply to other courses using Extra which is available until the end of June.

UCAS Confirmation and Clearing for advisers and CUKAS Confirmation for advisers

Please find enclosed the UCAS Confirmation and Clearing for advisers and CUKAS
Confirmation for advisers 2011 guide. The guide contains essential information about
Confirmation, Adjustment and Clearing procedures; and where to find advice, guidance, and
UCAS Clearing vacancy listings. We have also provided calendars of important dates for
UCAS and CUKAS; details of how applicants can contact us online; our helpline numbers
and our opening hours over the Confirmation and Clearing period. A PDF of the guide is
available to download from the Advisers’ sections of the UCAS and CUKAS websites. We
would appreciate any comments from you about the guide, and have provided a comment
slip at the back of the booklet, or you can email us at

Important changes to the UCAS and CUKAS schemes for 2012 entry – an adviser’s

Please find enclosed a guide summarising the UCAS and CUKAS changes for the 2012
application cycle. A PDF version is also available on the UCAS website at and on the CUKAS website


Please find enclosed the Summer 2011 edition of UCAS News. This edition contains articles
about using an insurance choice wisely, the secret of great guidance, UCAS’ review of the
admissions process and how contextual data, which sets an applicant in its education or
socio-economic context, is used, as well as tips on studying in the US.

If you have any comments or queries regarding UCAS News, please email Caroline Russell
Find out where your students apply and where they go

2009/10 UCAS Progression Report - £125 + VAT

The UCAS Progression Report is a valuable insight tool giving you comprehensive data on
the progression of your students to Higher Education. The report gives you all the data you
need to analyse where your students apply, where they go, and how this compares to
previous cycles. This data, plus the demographic breakdowns and other data contained in
the report can give you valuable insight into your institution, your students and how you
compare to the national average. The current report includes summarised data for 2009 and
detailed data for 2010 and it is presented in easy to view graphs and charts.

We also offer two add on reports:
   2009/10* Offers Report - see how many offers were made, student replies to those
      offers and the final choices accepted - £30 + VAT for Progression Report subscribers,
      £50 + VAT for non-Progression Report subscribers.

      2009/10* Competitors Report - provides data on a group of your competitors’
       applications and acceptances - £50 + VAT for Progression Report subscribers, £80 +
       VAT for non-Progression Report subscribers.

To access the sample report please go to For further
information please email us at or call 01242 223748.

* 2008/09 data for Offers and Competitors Reports available now. 2009/10 data will be
available in May 2011.

Qualifications Information Review

The UCAS Tariff is a familiar part of the process of applying to higher education. Since its
introduction in 2000, it has provided a simple way for universities and colleges to make offers
to applicants based on a wide variety of qualifications. In the past ten years, the range of
qualifications available for entry to higher education has become increasingly complex and
the Tariff no longer provides a complete picture of the qualifications used by applicants. The
time is therefore right for us to look at possible improvements to the provision of the
qualification information that supports the HE application process.

The Qualifications Information Review was launched by UCAS in July 2010. Working with the
sector, it aims to understand and articulate the qualification information requirements of
learners, institutions and other stakeholders to enable fair, transparent and efficient
admissions to higher education.

Your opinions, as primary users of the system, are invaluable and we have launched a series
of online surveys to help us capture your views. This is your chance to really influence the
way in which qualification information is used in the future. These surveys aim to explore how
qualification information such as the UCAS Tariff meet the current and future needs of a
range of different groups.

Following this information gathering phase, depending on the outcomes, there will be further
consultation in the autumn on the options for revision.
To take part in this important review, please go to
and click on ‘schools, colleges and advisers’ to download and complete the survey. The
closing date to return completed surveys is the 29 April 2011.

UCAS Publications Catalogue 2011-12

We are pleased to enclose the new Publications catalogue, containing our full range of
priced publications, including all forthcoming editions for 2012 entry. Our range includes the
best titles to help you and your students with choosing courses and institutions, applying,
tests, interviews, careers, finance, gap years, life as an undergraduate and more.

This year, we are delighted to introduce our brand new publication, The UCAS Guide to
getting into University and College. This friendly, step-by-step guide contains advice on
the entire research and application process, including helpful tips from universities and
students who have experienced the process first hand. This book will help your students
make the right choices and create high quality applications, which is especially important with
the current increase in competition for places and costs for students and their families.

Please note that on page 16 of the catalogue, the section detailing the Progression Series
2012 has the heading Progression Series 2011 above the individual publications. Please be
assured that this section is for ordering 2012 Progression guides.

UK universities and colleges: a guide for international students 2012 (usually known
as the ‘international big map’) (overseas schools excl Eire)

This is an international version of the big map, one of our essential and most popular guides
for applicants. This version is designed especially for international audiences and is revised
every year. The 2012 edition is enclosed. The International Team takes this publication on its
trips abroad and it has proved to be popular among applicants, advisers and parents.

This publication contains guidance to help your students in using Apply 2012. It gives the
locations, numbers of full-time students and the approximate weekly accommodation costs
for all the universities and colleges that recruit through UCAS. We have also included
information on fees, the documents required to enter the UK as a student and a list websites
that provide useful advice for international applicants.

Please email if you would like to order additional copies
of the ‘2012 international big map’. This item is free of charge, although there is a charge for
postage, which is calculated based on the weight of your order.

UCAS events (UK Schools)
A flyer is enclosed giving details of conferences and exhibitions. Details of forthcoming
UCAS events can be found at
Third party enclosures (UK Schools only)

Boomerang Ed

Boomerang Ed’s Sixth Form Planners are innovative, durable and great value. Designed
specifically for sixth form students and including key UCAS information and deadlines, each
planner is customised with your own cover and up to 64 pages. Includes quarterly, project
and diary planning sections and is packed with content relevant for those aged 16+. From
only £1.30 each.

US-UK Fulbright Commission

The US-UK Fulbright Commission is a not-for-profit organisation, funded by both
governments to promote and facilitate educational exchange between the US and the UK. As
part of the Education USA advising network, we are the only official source of US study
information in the UK. In addition to our website on applying to US universities
(, we host USA College Day, the UK’s only annual US university fair.
See our enclosed poster and cover letter for details on upcoming adviser training
workshops, seminars and webinars and other ways we can support your students
interested in studying in the US.

London South Bank University

Confucius Institutes around the world are delighted to announce the launch of the newly
designed website Confucius Institute Online. The website offers teachers and learners
access to teaching and learning resources on Chinese language and culture to include
games, e-magazines, poems, rhymes and language learning for the elementary,
intermediate and advanced level learners. There is a Culture Centre which offers a wealth of
resources covering people, food, Kung Fu, traditional Chinese medicine, history, Qu Yi,
treasure, Jiang Nan and travel.

Promoted by the Confucius Institute at London South Bank University

If you have any feedback relating to this mailing, please email me at

Yours sincerely

Andrea Robertson
Director of Customer & Application Services

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