The Government’s White Paper, The Future of Higher Education, included a clear commitment to widen participation in higher education. This paper describes the action the Government is proposing under four headings – Attainment, Aspiration, Applications and Admissions – and the plans for establishing an Office for Fair Access (OFFA).

Some of these proposals will require Parliamentary approval before coming into force, so legislation will be introduced to bring this about. Until Parliamentary approval is obtained, these remain proposals, which may be subject to amendment before they are introduced.


  • Executive summary
  • Introduction
  • Section one - Attainment
  • Section two - Aspiration and Application
  • Section three - Admission
  • Section four - The Office of Fair Access
  • Conclusion