Date published: 28th November 2019

Published by: UCAS


First 40-day reject by default (RBD) and Christmas non-working days

The first reject by default (RBD) will run on 2 December 2019, and continue to run daily until the end of the application cycle.

Please note, interview decisions will not stop the daily RBD. A decision, such as conditional, unconditional, or unsuccessful, needs to be processed before the applicant’s RBD date.

During this period, we exclude 23 December to 1 January (inclusive) for the Christmas period. These days are designated as non-working days, and do not count towards the 40-day decision deadline.

Due to an error, these dates were still being counted in the applicants 40-day period and you may have seen some applicants with an RBD date during this time or soon after. This issue has now been resolved and all incorrect RBD dates have been amended to reflect UCAS’ eight non-working days over Christmas.


Online now: UCAS Annual Teacher Training Update – register to take part

This year the event is hosted digitally – video content will now remain live for ten days, and you can take part online by asking questions on Slido.

Register now to:

  • hear more about changes to UCAS Teacher Training, and what this means for you
  • review the 2018/19 cycle, and related data insights

All delegates must register in advance to receive content and take part on Slido.


Update to some key publications

We have updated the UCAS Teacher Training admissions guide, and the key dates document. These are held in the support section here. Please ensure you refer to these documents going forward.
You told us what you thought

We’re delighted to announce the results from the UCAS Teacher Training survey. Your feedback will allow us to continue to make improvements to the service we provide. A summary of those findings can be found here.



Date for your diary – UCAS Teacher Training forum

On Thursday 27 February, we’ll be hosting a full day event at UCAS for UTT providers – a chance to:

  • hear updates from both UCAS and the DfE on developments within the scheme
  • find out more about how others are making the scheme work for them
  • get more information on overseas qualifications and best practice in recruitment
  • and network with colleagues from across the sector

More information will follow, but keep the date free!

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