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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

Call for evidence: impact of financial support

This call asks for research, evaluation and other evidence about the impact of financial support on access, student experience, retention and completion or outcomes beyond the first degree.

November 2014  

How to complete your 2013-14 monitoring return: access agreements, Student Opportunity allocation and the NSP

This document sets out the information that OFFA and the Higher Education Funding Council for England need from institutions for the monitoring of access agreements, Student Opportunity allocation and end-of-year monitoring of the National Scholarship Programme (NSP) for 2013-14

Download Sample 2013-14 access agreement/Student Opportunity allocation monitoring tables as PDF

Download Sample NSP end of year 2013-14 tables as PDF

November 2014 OFFA 2014/07
(HEFCE 2014/28)

Access agreements for 2015-16: key statistics and analysis
This document presents and analyses key data from 2015-16 access agreements.
View OFFA press release
Download data tables as Excel spreadsheet

July 2014 2014/06

Outcomes of access agreement, widening participation strategic statement and National Scholarship Programme monitoring 2012-13
This 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)
View OFFA press release
See institutions’ self-assessments and commentaries for 2012-13

July 2014 OFFA 2014/05 (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 2015-16
Guidance for universities and colleges that wish to charge above the basic tuition fee in 2015-16.
Download sample PDF of resource plan (financial template)

February 2014  

Trends in young participation by student background and selectivity of institution
This 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 spend
The 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 Programme
Sets 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 OFFA 2013/05 (HEFCE 2013/32)

2014-15 access agreements: institutional expenditure and fee levels
Please 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 outcomes
Download Annexes A-C (MS Excel format)
View press release
See institutions’ self assessments and commentaries for 2011-12

June 2013 OFFA 2013/02 (HEFCE 2013/12)

How to produce an access agreement for 2014-15
Guidance for universities and colleges that wish to charge above the basic tuition fee in 2014-15.
Download 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 OFFA 2012/10 (HEFCE 2012/29)

Monitoring return guidance for SCITTs
How 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 2013-14
Guidance 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 ITT
This 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 2010-11
Download Annexes A-C (MS Excel format)
View press release
See institutions’ self assessments and commentaries for 2010-11

July 2012 OFFA 2012/05 (HEFCE 2012/13)

How to produce an access agreement for 2013-14
Guidance 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 agreements
Download Annexes B and C
Download sample PDF of Annexes B and C

April 2012 2012/03

How to include ITT students in your 2012-13 access agreement
This 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 2012-13
Guidance 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 E
Download 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 agreements.
Download updated 2012-13 data tables as Excel spreadsheet
View press release

December 2011

2011/06

Access agreements and widening participation strategic assessments: How to complete your monitoring return for 2010-11
Sets out the information we and HEFCE need from institutions for our monitoring of 2010-11 access agreements and widening participation strategic assessments (WPSAs).

October 2011

OFFA 2011/05 (HEFCE 2011/32)

Access agreement and widening participation strategic assessment monitoring: Outcomes for 2009-10
This 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-C
View press release

September 2011

OFFA 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 agreements.
Download data tables as Excel spreadsheet
View press release

July 2011

2011/03

How to produce access agreements for 2012-13
Guidance to institutions who wish to charge fees of more than £6,000 in 2012-13
Download Annex A
Download 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 2011-12.
Text-only version of above leaflet
Student-facing presentation on bursaries
Student-facing powerpoint presentation on bursaries

November 2010

2010/08

Access agreements and widening participation strategic assessments: How to complete your monitoring return for 2009-10
Sets out the information we need from institutions for our monitoring of access agreements and WPSAs in 2009-10.

September 2010

OFFA 2010/07 (HEFCE 2010/29)

Have bursaries influenced choices between universities?
Statistical analysis looking at the impact of bursaries on students’ university choices.
View press release

September 2010

2010/06

Access agreement monitoring: Outcomes for 2008-09
Our third monitoring report, giving the results of our monitoring of access agreements in 2008-09.
View 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 universities.
View press release
Download Annex C, ‘Trends in young participation by selectivity of institution’, separately

May 2010

2010/03

Bursary leaflet for HE advisers in schools and colleges
Contains the key information you will need to advise your students about bursaries for 2010-11.
Text only version

April 2010

2010/02

Submission by OFFA to the Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance
This 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 England
This 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 reports
There 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 scholarships
This 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 2007-08
Our second monitoring report, giving the results of our monitoring of access agreements in 2007-08.
View 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 further education colleges and school-centred initial teacher training providers 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 higher education institutions 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 2006-07.
View press release

January 2008

2008/01

2007

Title Date Reference

Access agreement monitoring 2006-07
Sets 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 information
This research study by Ipsos Mori includes best practice on how higher education 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) providers
Guidance for SCITTs on how to produce an access agreement.

October 2005

2005/02

2004

Title Date Reference

Producing access agreements: OFFA guidance to institutions
Our guidance to institutions setting out the information they need to include in access agreements.

November 2004

2004/01