Contextual data

​To support our mission to provide a high quality educational experience for students from diverse backgrounds, the University makes use of contextual data in the admission process.​

​Contextual data is information in addition to academic qualifications that helps identify students with the greatest potential to succeed in higher education.

A range of measures can be used to provide insights into the context in which your academic qualifications have been achieved. This information is used to ensure that all applicants are assessed fairly and that particular groups of applicants are not disadvantaged during the application process.

If you are a UK applicant, the University may use contextual data drawn from your UCAS application, together with publicly available datasets, to generate a more complete picture of your achievement and academic potential.

For example, if you are from an area of low participation in higher education, or you have indicated that you have spent more than three months in care, your application will be flagged to the relevant admissions selector. When considering your application, they will also take into account any information in your personal statement and reference about circumstances that may have had a negative impact on your studies.

Admissions selectors will consider this information alongside your academic profile when deciding whether or not to make you an offer to study at Loughborough. You will still need to demonstrate evidence of a clear motivation to study your chosen subject, and all applicants, where appropriate, are required to satisfy specific subject requirements.  You will not automatically receive an offer or a lower offer as a result of contextual data.

If the University makes a student an offer of a place but the conditions of that offer are not met at the point of Confirmation (i.e. when qualification results are received), admissions selectors may, in some circumstances, take contextual data into consideration again before making a final decision.

For further information about the use of contextual data please email the Admissions Office