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A message from the Chief Executive at UCAS

Dear Year 13,

A message from the Chief Executive at UCAS

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