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The UK: Boosting transparency in bid for equality?

The government followed up on the announcement by issuing a guidance to the Office for Fair Access, a public body safeguarding and promoting fair access to higher education. The guidance outlines the government’s priorities for widening access for disadvantages students. All higher education institutions charging tuition fees above the basic amount of EUR 7 640 (GBP 6 000) will be required to have an access agreement in place, specifying benchmarks on measures to improve access, student success and progression for disadvantaged students. The Office for Fair Access will monitor and publish the universities’ progress on these benchmarks to encourage compliance.