The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Minister of State for Universities and Science have today written to the Director of Fair Access to Higher Education to issue him with new guidance. Commenting on the guidance, Professor Les Ebdon, Director of Fair Access to Higher Education, said:
“I am very pleased to receive this latest guidance, and look forward to working with Ministers and the whole higher education sector as we strive we achieve the Prime Minister’s fair access goals. To coincide with this Ministerial guidance, I will be issuing new access agreement guidance to universities and colleges. For the first time this guidance specifically asks institutions to consider how they can work to widen access to white men from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. This group is among the least likely to enter higher education.
“I will be expecting to see an increase in outreach work – with universities working to raise aspirations and attainment among people from disadvantaged backgrounds – so that nobody with the potential to benefit from higher education feels that their background holds back their ambition.”