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Lille academics refuse to carry out ‘unfair’ admissions process

A group of academics at the University of Lille have said they will not help to select undergraduate applicants for acceptance, because a recently introduced system giving French universities control over admissions policies is unfair.

The academics—from seven social science, humanities and arts departments—said at a press conference on 29 March that they would not participate in the selection process, which is due to start this week.

A change signed into law by president Emmanuel Macron on 8 March scrapped the present system of universities randomly selecting students for oversubscribed courses. For the 2018-19 academic year, every applicant can apply to up to 10 courses. Universities then give each application a ranking, and an applicant’s final offer is determined by how high up in each ranking they are.

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