Have you heard the latest buzz word in the business world? Big data is the talk of the town, and it's no surprise. Consumers have been pledging their undying love for data visualizations for a while now, and data is just so darn fun to mine, aggregate, analyze and visualize that it's easy to obsess over a data set all day long.
For students everywhere it has always provided a liberating period between one busy university year and an even busier year to come. Consequently, students have never failed to embrace the many benefits of the summer break. However, with the controversial rise in tuition fees to £9000 per year the necessity of university has been debated.
The changing profile and needs of applicants and new approaches to the funding of higher education have combined to create a very different environment both for the provision of higher education and for those wishing to apply to study. Our review of the admissions system and our proposals for reform are therefore timely.