Higher Education Review

Secretary of State for Education and Skills Charles Clarke requested Professor Steven Schwartz, Vice-Chancellor of Brunel University, to conduct an independent review of the options which English institutions providing higher education should consider in assessing the merit of applicants for their courses. This review was supported by a Steering Group.

This website provides you with information about the review, links to related information, and enables you to download the consultation papers and final report.

The final report from the Schwartz Admissions to Higher Education Review Group, Fair admissions to Higher Education: Recommendations for good practice. The ‘Schwartz Report’, September 2004.

In response to one of the Schwartz Report’s recommendations to Government that a further review be undertaken after three years, the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) commissioned a review in 2008. This review was managed by the Supporting Professionalism in Admissions (SPA) Programme through a research team based at Sheffield Hallam University.

The review report examined how the principles outlined in the Schwartz Report (2004) have been implemented and what changes have occurred in admissions processes in higher education the support the Schwartz Report’s five principles. The report includes the full research findings and draws out the themes emerging from a number of case studies and the research to provide a series of good practice guides.