https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-46033799 A London university has said it is stopping making unconditional offers to would-be students, to ensure it maintains its entry standards. St Mary's University, Twickenham, took the decision after discovering some students, given unconditional offers, did not get their predicted grades. If St Mary's university had asked me, I could have told them years ago that for some students, giving them an unconditional offer of a university place regardless of exam results , is saying very loudly and clearly, 'YOU DON'T NEED TO DO ANY MORE WORK'. And, of course, some will take this advice very readily. Unconditional offers: Mean some students give up working hard and so the school's exam results take a hit Leave some students with poorer A-level results and these could be a deciding factor in which candidate gets a plum job Undermine some students' working practices and ethics in that they don't see the point in working hard Leave some students less well prepared for a university course because the got poorer A-level results leading to... The university's degree grades falling because they demotivated students at A-level and some new entrants were poorly equipped. Shouldn't all universities drop unconditional offers for everybody's sake?