Archibald welcomes calls for wider factors to be considered in university admissions
Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has said wider factors including socio-economic circumstances should be considered in university admissions.
A report published by the Fair Education Alliance (FEA) which examined the data that universities use when admitting students found that aside from analysing grades, there was a lack of transparency and uniformity of the other factors considered in the admissions processes.
The Party's Further and Higher Education Spokespersonsaid,
“The FEA report found a lack of transparency and uniformity in factors considered in admissions process by universities, therefore a student’s socio-economic circumstances may be overlooked in the admissions process.
"There is no doubt that a student’s performance can be impacted by socio-economic factors.
"Removing barriers to accessing education requires an admissions process which takes into account factors other than academic performance alone.
"It is important that institutions have ambitious widening participation plans in place to ensure socio-economic background is not a barrier to accessing education.
"Sinn Féin is committed to ensuring participation opportunities for all regardless of background or ability."