Press release

MillionPlus responds to the Education Secretary’s call for a review of university admissions

05 Apr 2019

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today (5 April) responded to the Education Secretary Damian Hinds’s call for a review of university admissions.

Dr Greg Walker, Chief Executive of MillionPlus, said:

“University admissions practices are something that the OfS state they are examining already in relation to their regulatory responsibilities. An independent look at some of these issues is an opportunity to look at the evidence in the round, away from the media headlines. Ahead of this evidence gathering we should not assume that any particular practice is generally unacceptable. Universities take their responsibility for admissions seriously, while their autonomy in doing so has rightly been protected by parliament. Universities are best qualified to judge who can benefit from the opportunity to study in higher education.”


Notes to editors

  1. For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact Dan Blows on 020 7717 1658 or email
  2. MillionPlus is the Association for Modern Universities in the UK, and the voice of 21st century higher education. We champion, promote and raise awareness of the essential role and impact of modern universities in the UK’s world-leading higher education sector. More information can be found at
  3. What are modern universities? Modern universities are long established centres of higher education in their communities with roots that stretch back decades, if not centuries. Many gained university title following legislation agreed by parliament in 1992. They make up almost half of the UK university sector with over a million students studying at modern universities every year.
  4. Modern universities: key facts 2018