Employers 'shouldn't look at Ucas points'

by Morag Lyall

Employers should not look at Ucas points when hiring members of staff, said Chris Jackson, spokesperson for the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services.

"To use academic attainment at school when there is more recent evidence available is not in either students' or employers' interests," she explained.

"It can mitigate against students who perhaps did only modestly well at school … but who have flourished while at university."

She added that business owners who are only looking at the tariff system could be missing out on some "fantastic talent".

Her comments come after Ucas, the University and Colleges Admissions Service, announced that it would be reviewing its points-based system, which allows admissions teams to determine the suitability of qualifications for progression into higher education.

Now, it has been viewed as being outdated.

The review will also address the concern that graduate recruiters are requiring applicants to disclose their tariff score.

Published on: July 7, 2010

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