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12 July 2011

HEFCE statement on OFFA access agreements

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) today welcomes the announcement by the Office of Fair Access (OFFA) that access agreements have been approved for 141 universities and colleges in England (Note 1).

OFFA's announcement states that by 2015-16, universities and colleges are planning to invest over 600 million of their fee income in measures designed to increase participation and improve success in higher education of those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Heather Fry, Director for Education and Participation, HEFCE, said:

'We are pleased that OFFA and institutions wishing to charge more than 6,000 in fees have finalised their access agreements. The really important thing will be the impact these arrangements have on students and widening participation in the future.'


  1. The OFFA announcement is available at