What is an Access and Participation Plan?

Download our latest factsheet and sign up for the briefing session to find out more about what an Access and Participation Plan is and how it is used to support students from underrepresented groups.

Formerly known as Access Agreements, Access and Participation Plans set out how an institution will seek to improve equal opportunities for underrepresented groups, as defined by the Office for Students.

All universities and providers of higher education who wish to charge the higher tuition fee level must have an Access and Participation Plan in place and published on their website. Plans must be approved by the Director for Fair Access and Participation and the Office for Students will monitor each institution to ensure progress and continuous improvement is made.

Previously plans were in place to submit a new plan for each academic year, however the OfS are asking institutions to take a more strategic approach and five year plans will be submitted from this year. Our 2019-20 Access and Participation Plan, published last year, can be found on our website.

You can find out more about what an Access and Participation Plan is by downloading our one page factsheet.

Book your place

Date: Thursday 18 July, 12 – 1pm

Our one hour lunchtime briefing session will explain the evolution of university access and participation requirements and look at our expectations of future monitoring requirements in the new regulatory environment. Book your place.

In case you missed it

This is the third factsheet in our series, you can download our previous factsheets on the Teaching Excellence Framework and the Office for Students below:

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