OFFA Access Agreements, bursaries and 'fair access' to higher education - opening up a new front in the WP wars?

MCCAIG, C. (2009). OFFA Access Agreements, bursaries and 'fair access' to higher education - opening up a new front in the WP wars? In: BERA annual conference, Manchester, 2-5 September 2009. 1-23. (Submitted)

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There is a growing body of evidence to support the notion that that English higher education institutions (HEIs) are using the new bursary schemes outlined in Access Agreements (lodged with the regulatory Office for Fair Access, OFFA), designed to widen participation by helping students from poor backgrounds to access higher education, primarily to promote enrolment to their own programmes rather than to promote HE generally. As a consequence of this use of access agreements to sharpen institutions' marketing focus, pre-92 and post-92 institutions perpetuate the differences between HEI types in relation to widening participation and fair access leading to both confusion for consumers and inequitable distribution of support to the detriment of marginal applicants to HE. This is in tune with a general perception that, as the preamble to the 2009 Higher Education Summit in February noted: "The Higher Education sector is becoming increasingly stratified and funding changes increasingly mean that no institution can deliver to all students. All institutions must choose their future and unique University Selling Points".

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: This is the author's version of a paper presented at the British Educational Research Association conference on 5 September 2009.
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Institute of Education
Page Range: 1-23
Depositing User: Ian Chesters
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2010 08:25
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 02:01

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