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The university admissions service, UCAS, has announced that it is to give students more time to make decisions about their choice of university.

The move has been prompted by the need to create a period of stability for both universities and students following the unprecedented events of the past week in response to the COVID19 pandemic.

Announcing the move, UCAS chief executive, Clare Marchant, said:

“Normally most students would have until early May to make decisions on their offers but this deadline will be now extended by two weeks. Universities and colleges will also have additional time to assess applications and adjust their processes in these unprecedented times.”

Referring to the cancellation of summer exams announced across the UK last week she added:

“This will give students, teachers and universities time to reflect on their decisions and allow for further information on calculated grades and qualification awarding to be shared.”

UCAS has said that it expects the admissions cycle to run broadly similar to previous years, with the flexibility for applicants to make choices throughout the rest of the year and a clearing process over the summer.