Research England welcomes new approach to access regulation at the Office for Students

Research England welcomes new approach to access regulation at the Office for Students

13 December 2018

Research England Executive Chair David Sweeney has welcomed the Office for Students’ new approach to regulating access to higher education and support for students from under-represented backgrounds, published today.

He commented:

“I welcome the Office for Students’ new approach to widening participation in higher education.

“The new system allows universities greater scope to choose how they invest in supporting students from under-represented backgrounds, which gives them more power to support those students to progress to postgraduate research. So this is a real opportunity to address the shocking lack of diversity in the research community.

“We already collaborate with the OfS in many areas, such as students’ mental health. And we look forward to working with the OfS and universities to widen opportunities for postgraduate study.”


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