Aims and objectives
Our strategic aims
We have three core aims:
- to support and encourage improvements in the number and/or proportions of students in higher education from low income and other under-represented groups
- to reduce as far as practicable the barriers to higher education for students from low income and other under-represented groups by ensuring that institutions continue to invest in outreach and financial support
- to support and encourage equality of opportunity through the provision of clear and accessible financial information for students, their parents/carers and their advisers.
The main way we achieve these aims is by universities and colleges implementing their approved access agreements, and through our work monitoring access agreements and disseminating good practice.
Want to know more?
You can find out more about our strategy and how we measure our performance by looking at our latest Strategic Plan.
OFFA’s work contributes to the national strategy for access and student success which we and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) developed in response to a request from Ministers.
The national strategy’s vision is that all those with the potential to benefit from higher education have equal opportunity to participation and succeed, on a course and in an institution that best fit their potential, needs and ambitions for employment or further study.
Find out more about the national strategy
You can download the full national strategy for access and student success from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills website.
Or follow the links below for:
- National strategy for access and student success part 1 only: a brief summary of vision, approach and key actions
- Full list of links to national strategy supporting evidence
- The guidance note we issued to universities and colleges about the strategy
- The press release we and HEFCE issued jointly following publication of the strategy by the Government
- History of the national strategy – how and why it was developed