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University Access Agreement

York St John University's Access Agreement is approved by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA). Access agreements set out how universities and colleges will safeguard and promote fair access through bursaries and other forms of financial support.

'Our widening participation priorities are activities which target mature learners with no previous experience of higher education, young people from neighbourhoods of low participation in Higher Education and black minority ethnic groups with no previous experience of higher education. Continued support will be in place for care leavers and disabled groups. There will be a greater focus on ensuring that activities are linked across the whole student life cycle (i.e activities are not ad hoc but sit within a range of linked work for each target group from aspiration raising and recruitment to retention and success)'

'Ultimately, widening participation should be about retention and success for students as well as aspiration' - source YSJU WPSA submission January 2011


You can download York St John's Access Agreement here

Each year the university reports its activities related to the Access Agreement as a Widening Participation Strategic Assessment (WPSA) and an OFFA monitoring return to evidence the impact of our activities.

Find out more about OFFA by visiting their website at http://www.offa.org.uk/