Welcome to SPA

SPA, the Supporting Professionalism in Admissions Programme, works under its independent UK wide SPA Steering Group, to support universities and colleges to enhance good practice, excellence and professionalism in the recruitment and selection of students to higher education. SPA promotes fair admissions by researching and disseminating good practice and advice across the HE sector.

Our expertise, independence and objectivity in evidence based policy and practice is valued by HE providers and has enabled us to successfully develop the connections and sector confidence to act as a broker between both makers and implementers of policy in UK HE admissions.

SPA is based at the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). SPA receives core funding from UCAS and is supported by HEFCW, meaning that our resources and many of our events are free to the user. We welcome your input, comments and queries.