Widening participation strategic assessments/statements
Widening participation strategic assessments (WPSAs) and widening participation strategic statements (WPSSs) are documents that the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) requires from all the higher education institutions and further education colleges that it funds. They complement the access agreements you need to draw up with OFFA if you want to charge higher fees.
What are WPSAs?
WPSAs were written in 2009. They outlined each institution’s overarching commitment to widening participation, plus a strategic assessment of what the institution hoped to achieve over the following three years.
What are WPSSs?
From 2012-13, HEFCE changed widening participation strategic assessments to widening participation strategic statements. The first WPSSs last for only one year and are thus referred to as ‘interim’ WPSSs. HEFCE is requesting updates to these from 2013.
For more information on widening participation strategic statements, see HEFCE’s website, HEFCE circular letter 11/2012, Interim widening participation strategic statements for 2012-13, and HEFCE’s strategic statement Q&As.
How OFFA and HEFCE are working together to reduce bureaucracy for you
We have a joint process for monitoring access agreements and widening participation strategic assessments/statements. In future, we will integrate access agreements and strategic statements into a single document and process (more information about this).
Got a query about widening participation strategic statements?
Richard Smith (tel: 0117 931 7151, email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rachael Tooth (tel: 0117 931 7171, email: email@example.com)