The assessment of access agreement and student premium monitoring returns was suspended for the 2018-19 academic year in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
We received a total of 262 2018-19 monitoring returns. 21 providers were contacted with queries about their submission before assessment was suspended, which would have otherwise continued for all 102 returns with validation errors or notable differences between allocated spend and actual spend.
In previous years, this process has typically found some variation between predicted and actual spend, both for access agreement expenditure and student premium funding (partially due to fluctuations in higher fee income received by providers). Therefore, the figures are not comparable with previous years.
This section reports on the monitoring of:
- 2018-19 student premium funding provided by the Office for Students (OfS)
- 2018-19 access agreements approved under the Office for Fair Access (OFFA).
It is based on the annual monitoring returns submitted by providers in February 2020.
We have reformed our approach to access and participation plans and the monitoring of these plans. Due to this, in future years we will no longer be reporting on expenditure related to success and progression.
The outcomes from the monitoring of the 2019-20 access and participation plans will be published in Autumn 2021.
Only investment information was requested for 2018-19 in relation to the student premium, disabled student premium, and access agreement expenditure by lifecycle stage and financial support.
In 2018-19, providers invested £1,077.3 million in total in access and participation. This includes £270.3 million through student premium funding and £37.8 million through disabled student premium funding.
|Lifecycle or category
||Student premium (£ million)
||Access agreement expenditure (£ million)
|Hardship (using student premium funding)
|Financial support including hardship (using access agreement-countable funding)
These figures have not been adjusted for inflation.