About OFFAOur role:To promote and safeguardfair access to higher educationfor lower income and otherunder-represented grou...
OFFA policy advisers – regional focusNorth and West Midlands      Fiona Clark and Ben SprattEast Midlands and South      R...
OFFA’s annual cycle                                     Spring                               Receive access               ...
Changes in the 2014-15 guidance• Increased focus on evidence and evaluation• Demonstrating a strategic approach• Greater c...
Increased focus on evidence and evaluation• As a sector, we need to identify  what impact access agreement  expenditure is...
Evaluation into strategy                            What has            Institution’s            What has       worked for...
Greater challenge, greater support             •Greater support               –Dissemination of good practice             ...
A strategic approach to access agreements
Guidelines on access spend as a percentage of higher fee income        Guideline proportion to spend on access measures   ...
Growth in outreach• Long term as well as  short term activities –  Key stage 2, 3 and 4• Sustained, co-             ©Unive...
Student success• Retention: staying and  completing the course• Attainment: reaching  full potential• Employability:  prep...
Stronger collaboration•   Grow and strengthen collaboration where    possible•   Collaborative evaluation and targets•   T...
Equalities and diversityEqualities Act 2010 ‘protectedcharacteristics’:•   age•   disability•   gender reassignment•   mar...
The next step for equality in access agreementsOur hopes for 2014-15 access agreements:• A more embedded  approach• A sepa...
Joined up strategiesEquality and     Access  diversity    agreement objectives      targets
Student voice• We strongly encourage institutions to:    consult students in the design, implementation    and monitoring ...
National strategy for access and student successOFFA’s role, working with HEFCE, will be to:  “develop a shared strategy f...
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  1. 1. About OFFAOur role:To promote and safeguardfair access to higher educationfor lower income and otherunder-represented groupsfollowing the introduction ofhigher tuition fees
  2. 2. OFFA policy advisers – regional focusNorth and West Midlands Fiona Clark and Ben SprattEast Midlands and South Richard Shiner and Patrick WinchLondon and East Jessica Woodsford and Rachel Wright Contact details at www.offa.org.uk
  3. 3. OFFA’s annual cycle Spring Receive access agreements Winter Spring Receive and assess Publish monitoring monitoring returns outcomes Continuous dialogue with universities and colleges Winter Early summer Publish access Access agreementagreement guidance discussions Autumn Summer Publish monitoring Approve access guidance agreements
  4. 4. Changes in the 2014-15 guidance• Increased focus on evidence and evaluation• Demonstrating a strategic approach• Greater challenge around outcomes• Growth in outreach• Stronger collaboration• Equality and diversity• Student voice• Changes to NSP
  5. 5. Increased focus on evidence and evaluation• As a sector, we need to identify what impact access agreement expenditure is having• Ensure that all activities are monitored and evaluated• Demonstrate that access plans are based on evidence• Use evidence collected from past activities to inform and improve access plans.
  6. 6. Evaluation into strategy What has Institution’s What has worked for own targetsSharing measureof good worked for institution successpractice others Own Institution’s specific own review of access where it needs to improve aims Successful access strategy
  7. 7. Greater challenge, greater support •Greater support –Dissemination of good practice –Research and Analysis •Greater Challenge –Demonstrating progress and impact –Interested in the collective benefit of widening access across the sector
  8. 8. A strategic approach to access agreements
  9. 9. Guidelines on access spend as a percentage of higher fee income Guideline proportion to spend on access measures Higher fee income 30% 22.50% 15% 10% Low Average High Postgraduate ITT Proportion of student body from under-represented groups Any proportion* *By definition, postgraduate initial teacher training trainees already have experience of higher education, and many will be entitled to training bursaries, so OFFA and the Teaching Agency have agreed a lower level of spend for this provision.
  10. 10. Growth in outreach• Long term as well as short term activities – Key stage 2, 3 and 4• Sustained, co- ©University of Nottingham ordinated activities rather than one-off interventions• Support for mature ©Newcastle University ©Oxford Brookes University learners• Effective monitoring and evaluation
  11. 11. Student success• Retention: staying and completing the course• Attainment: reaching full potential• Employability: preparing for work
  12. 12. Stronger collaboration• Grow and strengthen collaboration where possible• Collaborative evaluation and targets• Take collaborative efforts into account when monitoring
  13. 13. Equalities and diversityEqualities Act 2010 ‘protectedcharacteristics’:• age• disability• gender reassignment• marriage and civil partnership• pregnancy and maternity• race• religion or belief• sex• sexual orientation.
  14. 14. The next step for equality in access agreementsOur hopes for 2014-15 access agreements:• A more embedded approach• A separate legal declaration• More specific guidance on what we want to see• Better support on setting equality targets
  15. 15. Joined up strategiesEquality and Access diversity agreement objectives targets
  16. 16. Student voice• We strongly encourage institutions to: consult students in the design, implementation and monitoring of agreements … to involve students at an early stage when drawing up plans for outreach, retention and financial support• Evidence of student consultation• Innovative/new examples• What other areas could students influence?
  17. 17. National strategy for access and student successOFFA’s role, working with HEFCE, will be to: “develop a shared strategy for promoting access and maximising the impact of the investment made by the Government, the Council and institutions” Letter to OFFA and HEFCE from Vince Cable, Secretary of State forBusiness, Innovation and Skills, and David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, May 2012

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