As a regulator, OFFA has a responsibility to ensure that universities and colleges are meeting their commitments to individual students and are making progress towards the milestones and targets set out in their access agreements. We do this by monitoring access agreements on an annual basis.
To reduce bureaucracy for universities and colleges, and to enable us to gain a broader understanding of access agreement activity in the context of sector-wide investment in widening participation, our monitoring process is carried out jointly with the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s monitoring of its widening participation strategic statements and the National Scholarship Programme.
Monitoring for 2013-14
We have published our guidance on how to complete your 2013-14 monitoring return for access agreements. It sets out the information that we need from institutions for the monitoring of access agreements, and how to submit it. It also includes details of the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s monitoring of the Student Opportunity allocation and end-of-year monitoring of the National Scholarship Programme for 2013-14.
Monitoring for 2012-13
Our most recent monitoring data is in our 2012-13 monitoring outcomes report. This shows the proportions of fee income spent on bursaries and scholarships for lower income students, the amount spent on outreach, and the proportion of students receiving a bursary at each institution. We have also published each higher education institution’s own assessment of its progress against the individual milestones and targets it set itself in its 2012-13 access agreement together with its explanatory commentary.
Monitoring for school-centred initial teacher training providers
We requested monitoring returns from all school-centred initial teacher training providers and other non-HEI providers of initial teacher training that had an access agreement in 2009-10, 2010-11 and/or 2011-12. We are currently collating the outcomes of this monitoring, which we will publish in due course.