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Tell us about … applying to higher education with a criminal record

Applying to higher education can be an exciting and nerve-wracking time, especially if you’ve been out of education for a while. If you have a criminal record, awaiting the decision after disclosing can create even more anxiety.

Unlock would like to hear from you about your experience of applying to higher education.

  • Was it clear why you were being asked about your criminal record?
  • Did you feel you were treated fairly?
  • What was the outcome?
  • Is there anything you’d change about the process?

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We will use your responses (anonymously) in our work with higher education providers. We want to make admissions fair.

Read more about our project Unlocking students with conviction.

Learn more about applying to university with a criminal record.

Are you a higher education provider wanting to offer a fair chance to students with convictions?


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Debbie Sadler
Head of Advice

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