Universities must do more to tackle the unfair, elitist admissions system

The University of Bristol has just announced its Bristol Scholars scheme, which will offer places to five students from every school and college in the Bristol area on the basis of their potential rather than their actual attainment. It is an innovative move, at least in England, and has already attracted criticism.

The reactions of the Times and the Times are predictable. But the scheme raises two big issues, as well as an opportunity for the sector. The first is philosophical: on what basis should universities select students? Is it a reward for endeavour at school or is selection based on the potential to succeed? Read more