Commenting today on the Government’s higher education White Paper, Professor Les Ebdon, Director of Fair Access to Higher Education, said:
“I welcome the increased emphasis on fair access to higher education in this important White Paper. Making sure that talented people from disadvantaged backgrounds are able to access – and succeed – in higher education is key to increased social mobility.
“There are greater rates of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in higher education than ever before. I believe that an independent Director of Fair Access, with the profile, authority and tools to challenge universities, is crucial to accelerating future progress. I am pleased that Ministers recognise the importance of this independent role within the new Office for Students, and look forward to working with them, and the whole sector, as we work towards the Prime Minister’s fair access goals.”