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Complainant Name:
Full Fact

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Times

Complaint:

Mr Owen Spottiswoode, of Full Fact, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the claim made by the newspaper that two fifths of accepted university applicants in 2010 had achieved less than the equivalent of 2 Es at A level was misleading. This figure included those who were recorded as having no or unknown quantity of UCAS points. This category included those who had studied foreign qualifications or qualifications outside the UCAS tariff. As such, it was misleading to claim that those with unknown qualifications had achieved less than the equivalent of 2 Es.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification both in the print edition of the newspaper and on its website:

In an article "University reforms are sinking by degrees" (April 21), we stated that two fifths of students in 2010 had achieved less than the equivalent of two Es at A level. We are happy to make clear that the majority of these students are recorded by Ucas as having no or unknown qualification data, which includes those who studied foreign qualifications or qualifications outside the Ucas Tariff.

Date Published: 08/07/2011



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