At the OfS, protecting and promoting equality of opportunity for students is at the heart of our work. We believe that through student submissions, we will be able to gain a better picture of the progress being made at universities and colleges.
We also believe that students are well placed to tell us about the experiences of underrepresented students, and whether their university or college is working with them effectively.
By completing a submission, students will make sure that their opinions and experiences, and the perspectives of their fellow students, are listened to and taken into account in any decisions we make about their university or college. In addition, working on a student submission will give students the opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge which may serve them well in the future.
By the time they submit their report, we hope that the students who take part will have:
- developed an understanding of the equality gaps at their university or college
- developed their understanding of the work their university or college is doing to improve access and participation
- acted as a ‘champion’ for their university or college in areas where it is performing well, and a ‘critical friend’ in areas where progress has been limited
- consulted with a diverse group of fellow students to find out more about their experiences, and advocated for them with their university or college.