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Universities UK response to Office for Fair Access annual summary of institutions' access agreements


Responding to OFFA's annual summary of institutions' access agreements, Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of Universities UK, said:

"The enhancements in the support provided by universities has helped to increase the entry rate for disadvantaged young people to record levels. All UK universities are working hard to widen participation and support disadvantaged students throughout their time at university.

"It is right to expect a continued focus on support for disadvantaged students to make further progress in closing the gap between different student groups. Universities are working to better identify what support has the most impact and ensure that interventions are built on a strong evidence-based approach to boost social mobility.

"Universities already engage with schools in a range of ways and universities will continue to extend this activity to raise attainment and help young people reach their full potential."​

ENDS

Notes

  1. OFFA's publication Access agreements for 2018-19: key statistics and analysis will be published on Wednesday 23 August at www.offa.org.uk
  1. Universities UK is the representative organisation for the UK's universities. Founded in 1918, its mission is to be the definitive voice for all universities in the UK, providing high quality leadership and support to its members to promote a successful and diverse higher education sector. With 136 members and offices in London, Cardiff (Universities Wales) and Edinburgh (Universities Scotland), it promotes the strength and success of UK universities nationally and internationally. Visit: www.universitiesuk.ac.uk
  1. Universities UK has documented specific examples of university partnerships between universities and schools

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