University Access Agreements

The University of Manchester is determined to be an open and accessible university, proactively seeking students capable of benefiting from higher education. Higher education providers wishing to collect more than a certain level of tuition fees had to have “access agreements” approved by the OFFA indicating how the provider intended to maintain or improve student access, success and progression among people from disadvantaged and under-represented groups. OFFA oversaw the implementation of these agreements and took action in the event of a breach of agreements. On the basis of the evidence provided, the Director of Fair Access and Participation (hereafter the Director) found that the university had seriously violated its access agreement for three consecutive years of gross negligence and had done nothing to prevent further offences and/or that it had found and remedied previous offences after suggesting it. Our last four access documents can be downloaded below. Past agreements can be found on the Office`s student website. Do not comply with the provisions of the supplier`s access agreements. All universities that receive higher tuition fees must develop plans that show how they support student access, success and progress. We have a database of all access agreements of all providers. See the university`s access agreements for the past few years at the Office of Fair Access National Archives. The Fair Access Office (FFO) found the violation in 2016-17 by monitoring access agreements.

Prior to the creation of the Student Office, the access system to higher education was under the jurisdiction of the Fair Access Office (FFO). The Director decided that a financial need of 66,000 $devrait be retained from the University`s scholarship in 2018-19. The university then provided the students` office with proof that it had reimbursed the students involved at Pen Green College for the outstanding amounts, including accrued interest. She also assured that the university was committed to understanding the offence and ensuring that an offence would not recur. This is the third year in a row that the university has received a fee above the ceilings set out in its access contract. For more information on access rights violations for 2014-15 and 2015-2015-2016, visit the archived version of THEFA`s website. Currently, no minor violations of access agreements are reported. Here, you can view the university`s archives on access agreements: any institution wishing to charge more than the basic rate must submit an access and participation plan to the Office for Students (OfS). An approved access and participation plan is also a prerequisite for registration with the OfS for certain categories of suppliers. This was particularly true in light of the university`s specific assurances of previous offences, that it “checked the 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 access agreements and found no anomalies in the fees specified in the access agreement and charged either in 2016-17 and 2017-18 or 2018-19.” The fee is higher than the amount allowed by the university`s access contract. In setting the penalty amount, the Director took into account the active approach taken by the new university college management to highlight the violation of the Student Office in May 2018, as well as the measures agreed by the Board of Governors of the University College in August 2018 in response to the independent review of spending on access agreements.