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Most recent announcement: 5th May 2020 - Message from Universities minister.

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 All information regarding UCAS's response to the Corona virus can be found here: https://www.ucas.com/coronavirus


Tuesday 24th March 2020

Following the Government's announcement, asking universities and colleges in England to hold back from making unconditional offers or amending existing offers to students for up to two weeks, we are extending May’s decision and reply deadlines for UCAS Undergraduate applications by two weeks.

We will email affected applicants to let them know, and share new dates once they’ve been confirmed. For your reference, here’s a copy of what we’re sending.

This extension will give your students and their chosen universities and colleges the extra time they need to fully consider any decisions and offers, and ensure fairness in admissions is maintained. It also gives more time for further information to be shared on the awarding of grades for examinations and assessments which have been cancelled.

When results are confirmed, we expect to run a Clearing process, giving applicants the flexibility to make choices throughout the remainder of the cycle.  

I want to reassure you that we remain focused on making sure no applicant is disadvantaged during this time of uncertainty, and we will continue to be on hand to support you and your students each step of the way.

As the coronavirus situation develops, please keep a close eye on our regular updates through email, ucas.com, and across our social media channels. Don’t forget, if you are restricted by remote working and would like us to send updates to your personal email address in addition to your work account, please let us know by completing this online form.

While the Government’s request applies to universities and colleges in England, it is welcoming other nations to follow the same approach.

Clare Marchant
UCAS Chief Executive


23rd March 2020

Please see below communication sent to all schools regarding UCAS's response to the disruption.

Dear Colleague,

Following the announcement of the closure of schools in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, and the cancellation of examinations and assessments in England and Scotland, I understand that your priorities right now are focused on the wellbeing of your school community.

However, as well as the immediate impact, you’ll be aware of the knock-on effects this will have, and the importance of us all working together to adapt. As previously communicated, here at UCAS we’ve been looking at how we can significantly enhance and extend flexibility within the admissions process. The areas we’re currently focused on are:

  • upcoming decision and reply deadlines – please don’t encourage your students to make knee-jerk decisions at this time
  • the qualification awarding process and how places will be confirmed if exams don’t go ahead
  • the impact on Confirmation and Clearing

We’re working closely with the UK governments and examination awarding bodies to work out the best solutions for everyone, and will communicate any changes to you in a timely manner, with regular updates, often on a daily basis. I’d like to ask for your support in reassuring applicants, and working with us to give them the very latest advice.

As well as supporting current applicants, we remain focused on helping other students and year groups continue with their studies. Although many events, like open days, exhibitions, and face-to-face conversations may have been put on hold, your students’ futures have not. Please take this time to remind them about the many resources available online, such as the UCAS Hub, virtual tours, subject guides, and Unibuddy peer-to-peer support.

The coronavirus situation is changing daily, so we will continue to stay in touch by email and advise you on an ongoing basis on our dedicated section of ucas.com. Social media channels including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter will also have dedicated adviser content.

As I’m aware remote working can sometimes have its restrictions, if you have a personal email address you would like us to send updates to, in addition to your work account, please let us know by completing this online form.

I hope you are reassured, and I absolutely commit to keeping you updated as the situation develops in the coming days, weeks, and months.

Take care

Clare Marchant
UCAS Chief Executive