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You can access all our publications from this page, including our strategic plan and annual reports. The documents are in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format which you can read using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. Many of our publications are also available in print. To order a copy, email enquiries@offa.org.uk or call us on 0117 931 7171.

Research, guidance and other publications

2014

Title Date Reference
Outcomes of access agreement, widening participation strategic statement and National Scholarship Programme monitoring 2012-13This document presents the outcomes from OFFA and HEFCE’s monitoring of access agreements, widening participation strategic statements and the National Scholarship Programme for 2012-13.Download Annex C: Full data tables (Excel format)

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July 2014 OFFA 2013/05
(HEFCE 2014/15)
2014-15 access agreements: revised data tables (PDF)2014-15 access agreements: revised data tables (Excel)This document gives updated information on institutional expenditure and fee levels under access agreements approved for 2014-15. It supersedes the data published in OFFA publication 2013/04. April 2014 2014/03
An interim report: Do bursaries have an effect on retention rates?This report analyses trends in continuation rates in English higher education, and uses statistical modelling techniques to isolate the effect of institutional bursaries on retention.View press release March 2014 2014/02
How to produce an access agreement for 2015-16Guidance for universities and colleges that wish to charge above the basic tuition fee in 2015-16Download sample PDF of resource plan (financial template) February 2014
Trends in young participation by student background and selectivity of institutionThis report analyses trends in young participation in English higher education by student background and selectivity of the institution attended. February 2014 2014/01

2013

Title Date Reference
The uses and impact of access agreements and associated spendThe purpose of this report, produced by CFE Research and Edge Hill University for the Office for Fair Access, was to help inform the national strategy for access and student success December 2013 2013/06
How to complete your 2012-13 monitoring return: access agreements, interim widening participation strategic statements and the National Scholarship ProgrammeSets out the information we and HEFCE need for our monitoring of access agreements, interim widening participation strategic statements (IWPSSs) and the National Scholarship Programme (NSP) for 2012-13.Download sample monitoring tables (example of monitoring return in PDF form, for reference only) November 2013  2013/05(HEFCE 2013/32)
2014-15 access agreements: institutional expenditure and fee levelsPlease note: This publication has been superseded by OFFA publication 2014/03 following changes to the National Scholarship Programme for 2014-15.View press release July 2013 2013/04
Access agreement and widening participation strategic assessment 2011-12 and National Scholarship Programme 2012-13 (in-year) monitoring outcomesDownload Annexes A-C (MS Excel format)View press releaseSee institutions’ self assessments and commentaries for 2011-12 June 2013 2013/02(HEFCE 2013/12)
How to produce an access agreement for 2014-15Guidance for universities and colleges that wish to charge above the basic tuition fee in 2014-15Download sample PDF of Annex B (financial template) January 2013 2013/01

2012

Title Date Reference
How to complete your monitoring return: access agreements and WPSAs 2011-12, and NSP 2012-13 (in-year)Sets out the information we and HEFCE need from institutions for our annual monitoring of access agreements and widening participation strategic assessments (WPSAs) for 2011-12, and for in-year monitoring of the National Scholarship Programme (NSP) for 2012-13. November 2012 2012/10(HEFCE 2012/29)
Monitoring return guidance for SCITTsHow to complete your access agreement monitoring return for 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12. October 2012 2012/09
How SCITTs should produce an access agreement for 2013-14Guidance for school centred initial teacher training providers (SCITTs) and other non-HEI providers of initial teacher training.Download Annex C Word template September 2012 2012/08
2013-14 access agreements institutional expenditure and fee levelsThis document shows estimated expenditure on access measures and fee levels (by sector and institution) under 2013-14 access agreements.

 July 2012  2012/07
Access agreements 2012-13 final data including ITTThis document gives final information on approved access agreements for 2012-13 including undergraduate and postgraduate initial teacher training (ITT) courses.Download data tables as Excel spreadsheet July 2012 2012/06
Access agreement and widening participation strategic assessment monitoring: outcomes for 2010-11Download Annexes A-C (MS Excel format)View press releaseSee institutions’ self assessments and commentaries for 2010-11  July 2012  2012/05(HEFCE 2012/13)
How to produce an access agreement for 2013-14Guidance for universities and colleges that wish to charge above the basic level of tuition fees in 2013-14 for full-time and part-time courses, and in 2012-13 for part-time courses.Q&A for institutions on drawing up 2013-14 access agreementsDownload Annexes B and CDownload sample PDF of Annexes B and C April 2012 2012/03
How to include ITT students in your 2012-13 access agreementThis document gives guidance to HEIs and FECs on how to include initial teacher training (ITT) students in 2012-13 access agreements.Download Annex A February 2012 2012/02
How SCITTS should produce an access agreement for 2012-13Guidance for SCITTs and other non-HEI ITT providers who wish to charge fees of more than £6,000 in 2012-13.Annex A – do you intend to submit an access agreement for 2012-13?Download Annex EDownload Annex F January 2012 2012/01

2011

Title Date Reference
Updated access agreement data tables for 2012-13 (December 2011)Please note this data has been superseded by OFFA publication 2012/06.Updated tables showing estimated expenditure on access measures and fee levels (by sector, mission group and institution) for 2012-13 access agreementsDownload updated 2012-13 data tables as Excel spreadsheetView press release December 2011 2011/06
Access agreements and widening participation strategic assessments: How to complete your monitoring return for 2010-11Sets out the information we and HEFCE need from institutions for our monitoring of 2010-11 access agreements and WPSAs October 2011 2011/05(HEFCE 2011/32)
Access agreement and widening participation strategic assessment monitoring: Outcomes for 2009-10This is a joint OFFA/HEFCE monitoring report. It gives the results of OFFA’s monitoring of access agreements in 2009-10 and also the results of HEFCE’s monitoring against widening participation strategic assessments (WPSAs).Excel spreadsheet giving data for annexes A-CView press release September 2011 2011/04(HEFCE 2011/29)
Access agreement data tables for 2012-13 (July 2011)Please note this data has been superseded by OFFA publication 2012/06.Tables showing estimated expenditure on access measures and fee levels (by sector, mission group and institution) for 2012-13 access agreementsDownload data tables as Excel spreadsheetView press release July 2011 2011/03
How to produce access agreements for 2012-13Guidance to institutions who wish to charge fees of more than £6,000 in 2012-13Download Annex ADownload Annex B March 2011
2011/01

 

2010

Title Date Reference
Bursary leaflet for HE advisors in schools and colleges (2011-12)Contains the key information you will need to advise your students about bursaries for 2011-12Text-only version of above leafletStudent-facing presentation on bursariesStudent-facing powerpoint presentation on bursaries November 2010 2010/08
Access agreements and widening participation strategic assessments: How to complete your monitoring return for 2009-10Sets out the information we need from institutions for our monitoring of access agreements and WPSAs in 2009-10 September 2010 2010/07(HEFCE 2010/29)
Have bursaries influenced choices between universities?Statistical analysis looking at the impact of bursaries on students’ university choicesView press release September 2010 2010/06
Access agreement monitoring: Outcomes for 2008-09Our third monitoring report, giving the results of our monitoring of access agreements in 2008-09View press release August 2010 2010/05
What more can be done to widen access to highly selective universities?Report by Sir Martin Harris on access to highly selective universitiesView press releaseDownload Annex C, ‘Trends in young participation by selectivity of institution’, separately May 2010 2010/03
Bursary leaflet for HE advisers in schools and collegesContains the key information you will need to advise your students about bursaries for 2010-11Text only version April 2010 2010/02
Submission by OFFA to the Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student FinanceThis was our submission to the Review’s first call for evidence January 2010 2010/01

2009

Title Date Reference
Awareness, take-up and impact of institutional bursaries and scholarships in EnglandThis summary and recommendations document summarises the key findings of national research exploring the awareness, take-up and impact of institutional bursaries and scholarships in England.Download individual reportsThere are four individual reports on which the summary and recommendations document (see above) draws. These explore awareness, take-up and impact from the perspective of full-time undergraduate students, their parents, higher education institutions, and higher education advisors in schools and further education colleges.View press release December 2009
2009/07
Good practice guide: How to increase awareness, knowledge and take-up of bursaries and scholarshipsThis good practice guide for universities and colleges offers practical advice and tips on how they can increase awareness, knowledge and take-up of bursaries and scholarships. It is based on national research undertaken by Professor Claire Callender, Birkbeck, University of London and the National Institute of Economic and Social Research. December 2009
2009/06
Access agreement monitoring 2008-09(SCITTs)Guidance for School Centred Initial Teacher Training providers on how to complete their access agreement monitoring return for 2008-09 October 2009 2009/05
Access agreement monitoring 2008-09(FECs)Guidance for Further Education Colleges on how to complete their access agreement monitoring return for 2008-09 October 2009 2009/04
Access agreement monitoring 2008-09(HEIs)Guidance for Higher Education Institutions on how to complete their access agreement monitoring return for 2008-09 October 2009  2009/03
Access agreement monitoring: Outcomes for 2007-08Our second monitoring report, giving the results of our monitoring of access agreements in 2007-08View press release March 2009 2009/02
Request for widening participation strategic assessments(re-directs to HEFCE website)This HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) publication gives guidance to institutions on what to include in their new widening participation strategic assessments. January 2009 HEFCE 2009/01

2008

Title Date Reference
Access agreement monitoring 2007-08(FECs and SCITTs)Sets out the information we need from FECs and SCITTs for our monitoring of access agreements in 2007-08 July 2008 2008/04
Access agreement monitoring 2007-08(HEIs)Sets out the information we need from HEIs for our monitoring of access agreements in 2007-08 July 2008 2008/03
Access agreement monitoring: Outcomes for 2006-07 Our first monitoring report, giving the results of our monitoring of access agreements in 2006-07View press release January 2008 2008/01

2007

Title Date Reference
Access agreement monitoring 2006-07Sets out the information we need from institutions for our monitoring of access agreements in 2006-07 March 2007 2007/01
Improving information: HEIs’ provision of online financial informationThis research study by Ipsos Mori includes best practice on how institutions can make their online financial information clear and accessible. February 2007 N/A

2005

Title Date Reference
Producing access agreements: OFFA guidance to School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITTs) providersBespoke guidance for SCITTs on how to produce an access agreement. October 2005 2005/02

2004

Title Date Reference
Producing access agreements: OFFA guidance to institutionsOur guidance to institutions setting out the information they need to include in access agreements. November 2004 2004/01

Annual reports

Title Reference
Annual report and accounts 2013-14 2014/04
Annual report and accounts 2012-13 2013/03
Annual report and accounts 2011-12 2012/04
Annual report and accounts 2010-11 2011/02
Annual report and accounts 2009-10 2010/04
Annual report and accounts 2008-09 2009/03
Annual report and accounts 2007-08 2008/02
Annual report and accounts 2006-07 2007/02
Annual report and accounts 2005-06 2006/01
Annual report and accounts 2004-05 2005/01

Strategic plans

Title Reference
Strategic plan 2005-10 (updated February 2009)Describes our strategic aims for the five-year period between 2005-10 and how we will measure our performance. 2009/01
Strategic plan 2005-10See above. 2005/03

National strategy for access and student success

Title Date Reference
A joint report to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills from OFFA and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). This follows a request to OFFA and HEFCE from Ministers to develop a shared strategy on higher education access and student success. Use the links below to access:

April 2014 BIS/14/516