UCAS: New adviser portal for 2020 applications goes live
Applications are now open for the 2020 academic year. Source: Shutterstock

Teachers can now oversee their students’ UCAS Undergraduate application in real time with the newly launched adviser portal on the higher education application processing website.

It replaces the Apply for Advisers and Adviser Track and will compile all applications in one place for free. With a new design and improved functionality, it aims to help teachers save time in sorting and filtering applications. Having real-time data lets them offer immediate, individual support and advice to students, too.

Clare Marchant, UCAS’ Chief Executive, said: “We’re immensely proud of the new adviser portal and are grateful to all the teachers and advisers across the UK, and the world, who helped us shape the new service through their continual feedback during development.”

“Dedicated advisers help students research their options, support applications, and explain the important steps before, during, and after the cycle, and we hope the portal gives them exactly what they need to manage and track everything efficiently.”

“Delivering the adviser portal is another important step in our digital transformation programme, and part of implementing our award-winning strategy for our customers,” she added.

UCAS is an admission service website for applicants to UK universities and other educational institutions.

It’s best known for its undergraduate application system which receives around 700,000 applications each year for full-time undergraduate courses at over 380 universities and colleges across the UK.

Two-thirds of this come from the more than 6,000 registered centres (mainly schools and colleges) worldwide who will be using the new service, launched on the same day applications for courses starting in September 2020 open.

Lucy Hemsley, Deputy Head of Sixth Form from Bournside School said: “It’s going to be much more time efficient and effective for me to be able to support our students.

“UCAS has been really responsive to feedback, and they’ve carefully listened to a range of advisers when developing the portal,” she added.

Another teacher at The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing Hayley De’Ath tweeted: “The new Adviser Portal has only been live a few hours but I’m loving it already, well done @ucas_online 👌🏼.”

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