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

OFFA comment on UCAS data for individual universities

Commenting on UCAS’ 2016 data for individual universities published today, Professor Les Ebdon, Director of Fair Access to Higher Education, said:

“This data is a welcome addition to the widening participation evidence base. Although it cannot provide conclusive proof that offer making is biased, it should certainly prompt universities to investigate their admissions policies and practices if the data suggests that certain groups of students receive unusually low offers.

“I have asked universities to make use of the latest data to help them spend smarter, investing in the activities that will have the most impact in the areas where they require the most improvement. This dataset will enable individual universities to identify cold spots in their student population, targeting their work towards the most under-represented groups.

“I strongly encourage universities to make use of this data when planning their strategies to improve access. An evidence-based approach is crucial if we are to make further, faster progress in opening higher education to everyone with the talent to benefit from it.”


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