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

Response to appointment of Office for Students Chief Executive

Commenting on Nicola Dandridge’s appointment as Chief Executive of the Office for Students, Professor Les Ebdon, Director of Fair Access to Higher Education, said:

“I am delighted by Nicola’s appointment, and wish her well in what will be an exciting and challenging role. Nicola’s track record of successful leadership in higher education means she is ideally placed to take up this important post. I know from the leadership Nicola showed when she chaired the Social Mobility Advisory Group that she has a strong personal commitment to fair access.

“Following more than a decade of sustained improvement, more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are in higher education than ever before. I look forward to working with Nicola in the coming months as we seek to accelerate progress, establishing the Office for Students as a modern regulator with social mobility and fair access at the heart of everything it does.”


For further information contact Sophie Mason (Communications Manager) at OFFA on 0117 931 7171 or