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Amy Smith

Senior Policy Executive
UCAS (Confirmed)

Amy is a Senior Policy Executive at UCAS, and currently leads on work relating to qualifications policy, in particular qualification reform. Amy’s interests and specialisms include UK benchmark qualifications and qualification reform, the UCAS Tariff and entry requirements, widening participation and progression to HE, and the role of contextual information in admissions decision making. Prior to joining UCAS in 2017, Amy was Admissions Support Manager for SPA, an independent organisation promoting fair admissions, professionalism and access to higher education through the development of good practice in the recruitment and selection of students.  She was also Qualifications Officer at The University of Sheffield, responsible for providing advice and policy information across the University on qualifications and related developments within the pre-HE sector. Amy also previously coordinated undergraduate admissions and enquiries at Nottingham Trent University and held roles in compliance and postgraduate admissions at the University of Nottingham. She has a degree in modern languages from the University of Nottingham.

  • Discussing opportunities and challenges for universities after Brexit, with 17% of academic staff and 6% of professional services staff at UK universities coming from EU countries
  • Understanding the decline in EU applicants and older applicants from the UK, respectively 7% and 5% in 2017
  • Outlining policy priorities to support universities to thrive post-exit, from international student recruitment to funding and graduates career and employability
  • Securing an effective post-Brexit settlement where universities can maximise their contribution to a globally-successful UK
  • Understanding how the reformed post-Brexit immigration system will look like and what this will mean for HEIs
  • Explaining the role of universities and how they can develop innovation with UK businesses abroad by sharing an understanding of the partner countries and their markets