Since its inception UKCAT has aspired to use data collected from candidates to enhance the test and improve admissions to medicine and dentistry in the UK. As UKCAT is funded from applicant fees we consider it our responsibility to utilise the data held to inform selection policy and process development as best we can subject to our data protection requirements. Our policy is to make data available free or at cost to researchers where project proposals are deemed to fall within this remit.
The UKCAT research panel guides the research strategy and handles external requests for access to data. At the same time the panel considers issues raised in published research conducted within the UKCAT consortium and beyond.
A summary of relevant published work to date can be found here.
UKCAT collects a significant amount of data regarding its candidates including demographic data, actual test data and progression data during their time at medical and dental school. UKCAT has procured the services of the University of Dundee Health Informatics Centre to store and process its data. Data is stored securely and UKCAT commits through its Candidate Data Privacy Statement to only undertake studies on fully anonymised data.
Durham University has a contract with UKCAT to increase research capacity and will be focussing on two predictive validity studies (looking at cognitive and non-cognitive data separately) and investigating options around dynamic testing.
The Board intends to commission a body of work focussing on widening participation in medicine and dentistry building upon work to date looking at contextual data.
If you are undertaking research relating to the UKCAT please feel free to contact us. We can put you in touch with other academics active in the field of work.