The Office for Fair Access closed at the end of 31 March 2018 and responsibility for higher education access regulation transferred to the Office for Students

Comment on Office for Students Chair announcement

Responding to the Government’s announcement of Sir Michael Barber as its preferred candidate for Chair of the Office for Students (OfS), Professor Les Ebdon, Director of Fair Access to Higher Education, said:

“I warmly welcome the choice of Sir Michael Barber as preferred candidate for Chair of the Office for Students (OfS). Sir Michael has an impressive track record of achievements in education both nationally and internationally and will bring great experience and distinction to the role.

“Ministers have made it clear that social mobility and equality of opportunity will permeate the whole of the OfS and Sir Michael has always been dedicated to the transformative power of education. So I look forward to working with Sir Michael in the coming months to build an Office for Students that supports a diverse, fair, and excellent higher education sector.”


For further information, contact Sophie Mason (OFFA Communications Manager) on 0117 931 7204 or email