OFFA approves our Access Agreement

The Office for Fair Access (OFFA) announced today (Tuesday, 12 July) that it has approved our 2012-13 Access Agreement.

Professor Bernie Morley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning & Teaching, said: "We are pleased that OFFA has approved our new fee proposals and our plans to encourage a more socially inclusive and diverse student population. 

"As one of the UK’s leading universities, our priority is to provide the highest quality teaching, learning and personal development opportunities for all our students.

"Our new Access Agreement, with its package of financial support and outreach activity, will enable us to encourage and support more students from low income families and students with disabilities, as well as continuing to provide outstanding educational opportunities for all of our students."

All English universities and colleges offering full-time undergraduate higher education courses must have an Access Agreement, approved by OFFA, in order to charge fees above £6,000. 

As we announced at the end of March, the University of Bath has set a tuition fee of £9,000 for campus-based, Home/EU undergraduates starting courses in 2012/13, and £7,500 for foundation degrees at our partner Colleges.  These fee levels have now been approved by OFFA.

We offer prospective students an outstanding experience of Higher Education, comprising programmes of study leading to excellent employment prospects, varied opportunities for personal development and a supportive learning environment.  We are currently working with the Students’ Union to explore how our provision can be further enhanced for 2012/13.

We have also identified three core priorities for our access and widening participation activities:

  • to improve recruitment from our target groups, students from lower income families and students with disabilities;
  • to strengthen links with Further Education Colleges and schools to promote progression onto our programmes;
  • to undertake long-term outreach activity to raise aspirations.

We have developed a new package of fee waivers and bursaries to encourage more applications from students from low income families.  By 2015/16, we will be committing over £3 million for fee waivers and bursaries.

Professor Morley also said: "I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the development of our Access Agreement.  I think the support package we have come up with should reassure all prospective students from low income families that study at Bath is affordable."

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