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1 Professor Les Ebdon CBE Director of Fair Access to Higher Education

2 OFFA’s role To promote and safeguard fair access to higher education for people from lower income backgrounds and other under-represented groups. The main way we do this is by approving and regulating access agreements.

3 Equalities and diversity Equalities Act 2010 ‘protected characteristics’: age disability gender reassignment marriage and civil partnership pregnancy and maternity race religion or belief sex sexual orientation.

4 UK-domiciled first-degree undergraduate qualifiers receiving a first/2:1 by ethnic group over time

5 Further differences in outcomes

6 Equality and diversity: OFFA guidance Compulsory statement A more strategic approach - linking access agreements and equality strategy Encourage universities and colleges to include targets on improving equality and diversity

7 Race and ethnicity in access agreements 90 per cent of institutions mention race or ethnicity in their access agreement A quarter of institutions have specific targets relating to BME students 16 per cent of access agreements have specific targets for raising BME attainment.

8 Addressing the whole student lifecycle Supporting students: – preparing for HE – entering HE – throughout the course – onwards to further study or to/within employment Focus of access agreements should reflect the institution’s performance and the priorities that it has identified

9 “What can we do?” Base your activities and programmes on what’s effective Take a whole institution approach Help to share good practice and research Consider the whole student lifecycle

10 Any questions? 0117 931 7171 Thank you

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