A-level day coverage

Sir Michael Barber discusses the need to improve fair access, and Nicola Dandridge talks about unconditional offers and, in a separate interview, student transfers.

15 August

Sir Michael Barber, Chair of the Office for Students (OfS), writes in The Telegraph today on the need for universities to improve fair access, and the support we offer to students of accurate information, advice and guidance.

Chief Executive of the OfS Nicola Dandridge talks about unconditional offers on the Today programme; she is quoted in the BBC’s piece on A-level results day. Her interview was also used on BBC Radio 5 Live. 

She is also interviewed for an article in The Times, where she says that the OfS will use its full powers to ensure universities are sufficiently enabling students to transfer to other providers.

In The Telegraph, Universities Minister Jo Johnson discusses the setup of the OfS in relation to access and participation. An accompanying front page news piece quotes from both his and Sir Michael's articles.

16 August

The i News reports a ‘crack-down’ by the OfS on unconditional offers.

The Telegraph also reports on how the OfS is ‘poised to intervene’, featuring comments from yesterday’s Today programme (see above). These comments are also featured in a separate article in the paper about how more students than ever are going straight to clearing.

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