Staff Training in Student Admissions at Eaton Business School
The aim of the training is to equip teaching and support staff involved in the student admission process with the necessary knowledge and documentations to enable them to provide a consistent and reliable service efficiently and effectively.
- Eaton Business School aspires to recruit students from a broad and diverse community who have the potential to succeed and to benefit from the experience offered by the school. The School seeks to recruit students who have varying experiences of education, including those who are well qualified academically and those who may have followed non-traditional paths to Higher Education.
- The School aims to comply fully with the QAA Code of Practice for Admissions to Higher Education and all appropriate equality legislations and seeks to implement policies and practices that are consistent and transparent.
- The responsibility for the admission of students to Eaton Business School and for all policies relating to admission, is vested in the Academic Board
2. Admission Policies
Admission Policy Eaton Business School
The admission of Eaton business School comprises of two sections: The Higher Education (HE) Admissions Policy and Code of Practice comprises two sections:
Section 1: The Admissions Policy for the admissions of students, which outlines the principles, aims and responsibility of the institution.
Section 2: The Admissions Code of Practice (ACoP) which supports the implementation of the School Admissions process.
The Admissions Policy and the Code of Practice provide the framework for student admission at the school. Both documents are reviewed and updated annually, to keep in line with new school policies and the new rules of the UKVI. These two documents are issued as separate documents to both teaching and support staff involved in the admissions process.
All enquiries relating to admissions should be referred to the Administration Office of the School at the Brierley campus.
The Admissions Policy and the Code of Practice have been developed by the staff of the school and reflect relevant legislations and good practice by HE providers and the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).
Principles of the Admission policy
- The Eaton Business School values and seeks to recruit students from its diverse student community.
- The school will endeavour to abide by the principles and aims of the Admissions Policy and the Admissions Code of Practice to ensure that all students are given the opportunity to achieve their potential in relevant subjects at appropriate levels. In accordance with this objective, the school is committed to delivering quality teaching and learning to all students.
- The school welcomes applications from motivated applicants from all backgrounds. We recognise that student potential is not always demonstrated within formal academic qualifications and welcome applications from individuals from backgrounds that are under- represented within HE
- The Admissions Policy and Code of Practice aims to support students at each stage of the admissions process and to ensure that potential applicants succeed in their chosen programme of study.
- The School is committed to promoting equal opportunities for all students, recognising that the HE provision is enriched by a diverse student body that is reflective of the wider community, and welcomes applications from the UK, the European Union and beyond.
- In accordance with our commitment for fair admissions, selection is made on the basis of a range of criteria. Evidence of suitability for study includes academic achievement, professional and personal experience (RPL) and the potential to succeed on the intended programme of study.
- The Admissions Policy aims to be fair and impartial to all applicants and to ensure that the school meets the obligations reflected in relevant legislations for both HE and the School policies.
The aims of the Admissions Policy are to ensure that:
- applicants are treated fairly and impartially
- applicants are appropriately guided and supported through the admissions process
- informed and sound decision-making by the applicants and the School is assured
- national, regional and the school’s strategic objectives are recognised and considered
- The school tuition fees and financial support systems are publicised through its recruitment information sources and that the materials are made available via the school website and in the student contract
3. Admissions Criteria
- The admission of any applicant will be determined by an assessment of their potential to contribute to and benefit from their proposed course of study. It is also expected that applicants must be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the required standard to complete the award.
- Admission will be based on the assessment of a range of criteria and will include academic qualifications, personal circumstances, and professional and other course entry criteria and requirements.
- Individual programmes of study will specify the minimum course entry requirements and will include specific subject elements.
- No potential student will be excluded from entry as a result of discrimination on the grounds of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic or national origin, religion or creed.
- Applications from prospective students with disabilities will be assessed on the basis of the criteria in section 1 above and subject to professional practitioner requirements where they apply.
- Recruitment and admissions decisions for applicants with learning and support needs will be undertaken by the Disability Support Team in consultation with the Course Admissions Team. The School will make reasonable adjustments to accommodate applicants with support needs. However, if the school is unable to meet these additional needs or can only do so by compromising the learning experience of the student, the school will inform the applicant as soon as the situation becomes apparent.
- Applications from candidates with criminal convictions will be carefully considered by senior Faculty staff in consultation with others, as appropriate. Applicants must, upon request, provide full details of the conviction.
- The School reserves the right to refuse entry to any applicant with a criminal conviction which may jeopardise the security, safety or reputation and integrity of the School or its community, or where there are relevant professional criteria which apply. In addition, applicants believed to be actively involved in criminal activity will not be admitted.
4. Admission Code of Practice
- 1 The admission of prospective applicants onto a particular programme of study is the responsibility of the Academic Committee
- All College staff responsible for admissions decisions or actions will discharge their individual and collective responsibility according to the School Admissions Code of Practice.
- All admissions staff will receive and have access to the School’s admission policy and Admissions Code of Practice. They must familiarise with the policies and procedures which provide clarity of purpose.
- Operation of the School Admissions Policy will be monitored and reviewed annually by the School Board of Governance and any change will be communicated to staff concerned.
Admissions Code of Practice
- Every staff with specific responsibility for student must familiarise themselves with all policies and codes of practice The policies will determine the School admissions arrangements that are available to all staff who participate in each stage of the admissions and enrolment process.
- All admissions staff will have access to the Admissions Policy and Code of Practice via the School Intranet or from the Administrative office of the School.
- Admission staff must ensure that they promote accessibility and diversity
- Staff must show a strong commitment to widening participation of students from every social and economic background; especially the less privileged ones.
- Staff must endeavour to offer appropriate information and support to both potential and enrolled students in order to enable them to make informed decisions and choices at relevant stages of the admissions cycle.
- Staff must provide Information on entry requirements, fees and student regulations, Library and IT provision and the school performance against targets
- Admission staff must ensure information is accurate and up-to-date and is available to enquirers and applicants applying via agents; its prospectus and other paper-based materials, and the School website and other electronic means.
- Admission staff have to participate in a range of events, including Open Days, attendance at HE fairs and taster events, as a portfolio of information opportunities for potential applicants.
- Staff will provide and give access to relevant policies on its website and on request.
- Admission staff will comply with entry requirements and selects students in accordance with policies and procedures that are based on consistency, equity, fairness, transparency and good customer service.
- Teaching and admissions staff will jointly review the school’s course admissions criteria on a regular basis, and at least annually, to ensure that the process of selection is appropriate for, and in accordance with, the School’s policies and recruitment strategies.
- Changes to policy or entry criteria will be approved by the School Board of Governance and communicated to all staff of the School
- Faculties and Schools will determine specialist entry criteria, such as interview and portfolio requirements, in accordance with the needs of the course and will make explicit and transparent the purpose and reason for such variation.
- Admission staff will normally respond to applications within ten working days of receipt of an application.
- Admissions decisions will be communicated to full-time undergraduate and post graduate applicants directly to the applicants by letter. Staff must ensure that the letter of offer contains details of academic and other conditions or confirmation of an offer where an applicant has partially or fully met the entry requirements.
- Applicants will be made aware of additional requirements in relation to the school obligations with regard to age, disability, legislations and criminal conviction procedures.
- Applicants who are not offered a place will be entitled to feedback regarding the reason for non-acceptance
- All staff involved at each stage of the admissions process must be fully informed and are clear about their roles and responsibilities and have received the necessary training to ensure they are efficient and effective in their roles.
- The School, through the principal will annually review and allocate the range of responsibilities for admissions within the school.
- All staff with responsibility for setting course entry criteria and / or decision-making will be updated annually on relevant internal and external policies, procedures and guidelines. In addition, staff with support or service responsibilities will be informed of the admissions policies and procedures and will be updated annually on relevant aspects of policy and procedure.
- Admission staff must ensure that applicants are aware of their individual responsibilities with regard to application and admissions processes. These responsibilities include an awareness of, and engagement with, School regulations, requirements and procedures.
- Staff should encourage applicants to make themselves familiar with relevant school regulations and timescales associated with each stage of the application process.
- Staff must inform all applicants of their right of appeal against an outcome of a selection decision and/or to make a complaint. Such processes will be undertaken in accordance with the School Admissions and Complaints Policy.
- Admission must ensure they have up-dated information to ensure its Code of Practice operates effectively in accordance with relevant policy and operational changes.
- Admission staff must take into account individual characteristics, including age, gender, ethnicity, disability and socio-economic status, to ensure informed decisions are made.
- Admission staff must demonstrate the school commitment to clarity and transparency of procedures.