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As a regulator, OFFA has a responsibility to ensure that universities and colleges are meeting their commitments to individual students and are making progress towards the milestones and targets set out in their access agreements. We do this by monitoring access agreements on an annual basis.

To reduce bureaucracy for universities and colleges, and to enable us to gain a broader understanding of access agreement activity in the context of sector-wide investment in widening participation, our monitoring process is carried out jointly with the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s (HEFCE’s) monitoring of its Student Opportunity allocation and the National Scholarship Programme (NSP). There is further information about HEFCE’s Student Opportunity allocation monitoring and NSP monitoring on HEFCE’s website or contact Anju Kataria, Higher Education Policy Adviser at HEFCE on 0117 931 7153, or e-mail

Latest monitoring guidance

Our latest monitoring guidance – which is produced jointly with the Higher Education Funding Council for England – sets out the information we need from institutions for the monitoring of access agreements, student opportunity allocation and end-of-year monitoring of the National Scholarship Programme for 2014-15.

The guidance is available here: How to complete your 2014-15 monitoring return (OFFA publication 2015/07, HEFCE publication 2015/31). The deadline to submit your monitoring return is noon on Wednesday 20 January 2016.  

You may also wish to download a sample template for 2014-15 monitoring as a PDF document.

Monitoring for 2013-14

Our most recent monitoring data is in our 2013-14 monitoring outcomes report. This report includes the progress made by universities and colleges against the targets they set for themselves, how they are evaluating their activities, and their levels of investment, plus our commentary on those outcomes. We have also published each higher education institution’s own assessment of its progress against the individual milestones and targets it set itself in its 2013-14 access agreement together with its explanatory commentary.

See institutions’ self-assessments and commentaries and our guide to interpreting the self-assessments and commentaries.