Office for Fair Access


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Office for Fair Access

An independent, non-departmental public body (arm’s-length body, quango) which promotes and safeguards fair access to higher education for lower-income and other under-represented groups (after the introduction of higher tuition fees in 2006–07), by facilitating outreach work and financial support.

Access agreements cover full-time undergraduate courses and Postgraduate Certificate in Education and Initial Teacher Training courses for home/EU students at English universities and colleges.
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The Office For Fair Access (Offa) confirmed that 12 unnamed universities, all of whom were planning to charge over this threshold, had expressed an interest in reducing their fees.
Last week all universities wanting to charge over pounds 6,000 had to submit their tuition fee plans to the Office for Fair Access (OFFA).
The Trust also called for the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) to remain independent after the higher education scheme Aimhigher was scrapped.
A study by the Office for Fair Access (Offa) said the gap between the proportions of rich and poor youngsters attending the UK's leading institutions has widened since the 1990s.
A study by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) said the gap between the number of rich and poor youngsters attending the UK's elite institutions, including Durham, is getting wider.
Sir Martin Harris, former vice-chancellor of Manchester University, was named last month as head of the new Office for Fair Access to university.
Up-front tuition fees would be abolished for full-time students and a new Office for Fair Access will assist those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The Office For Fair Access has approved plans by bosses at Warwick University to charge pounds 9,000 a year for almost all courses - the maximum universities are allowed to charge.
The Government set an ultimate cap at pounds 9,000, requiring institutions charging above pounds 6,000 to have their arrangements for widening access approved by the Office for Fair Access.
The government''s proposals will also damage the widening participation agenda, as the Office for Fair Access, which regulates university admissions will be scrapped.
The report has been released by the higher education equal opportunities "watchdog", the Office for Fair Access, which looked at the first year universities were allowed to charge tuition fees of up to pounds 3,000.
The government has announced that Professor Sir Martin Harris has been appointed as the first director of the Office for Fair Access (Offa).
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