To prevent unconscious bias against candidates from minority groups, Prime Minister David Cameron has expressed plans to remove names from university applications forms starting 2017.
In response to this UCAS chief executive, Mary Curnock Cook, said it would consult with degree-awarding institutions on name-blind applications as this would impact applications from black and ethnic minority students.
Recently UCAS published its latest analysis notes that show Asian, Black and other ethnic minority students face a persistent gap in winning university undergraduate offers in the UK compared with white applicants, even when exam performance is taken into account.
In addition to this measure, leading graduate employers, across public and private sector, are asked to commit to keeping candidates’ names off graduate applications.
These include BBC, NHS, Teach First, HSBC, Virgin Money, KPMG, Deloitte, Civil Service and the local government. These graduate employers, together, employ 1.8 million people in the UK.