OFFA comment on Department for Education widening participation statistics

Commenting on today’s publication of widening participation statistics by the Department for Education, Professor Les Ebdon, Director of Fair Access to Higher Education, said:

“These statistics show that greater rates of young people who were in receipt of free school meals are entering higher education than ever before. This is welcome news, providing further evidence that the work universities and colleges have done to improve access is bearing fruit. 

“While we should celebrate this continuing upward trend, it is clear that the battle for fair access is far from won. Where you come from still has a disproportionate impact on where you will end up in life. That means that we are all missing out of getting the most from talented people who have the ability, but not yet the opportunity, to benefit our society, our economy and our country as a whole. Universities have a crucial role to play in this area, and I will continue to challenge them to lead the transformational change that is so badly needed.”


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