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Effectiveness in implementation of access and participation plan reform

The Office for Students (OfS) commissioned a review of the effectiveness of its regulatory reform to access and participation. The review explores the following overarching research question:

To what extent have the OfS’s reforms relating to access and participation led to the increase in ambition and positive change in provider behaviour necessary for equality of opportunity in higher education?

The review will be completed in two parts. This first part analyses changes in the content of the 2018-19 Office for Fair Access (OFFA) access agreements to the OfS 2019-20 access and participation plans and the five-year 2020-21 to 2024-25 access and participation plans.

23 October 2020

The second part of the review, published on 11 March 2021, is a comprehensive stakeholder review with providers and representative bodies.

Read part two of the review

Published 23 October 2020
Last updated 11 March 2021
11 March 2021
Link to part 2 of the review added

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