|Access agreements 2012-13|
|Friday, December 2, 2011|
|Access agreement income and expenditure - sector-level data|
Fee levels and expenditure on access measures (Access agreements and Government National Scholarship Programme allocation)
Access agreement expenditure in 2015-16, by institution
Fee levels in 2012-13, by institution
|This document gives updated information on approved access agreements for 2012-13. The main changes are as follows:|
|1. 25 institutions have revised access agreements, and ten FECs have had new access agreements approved, to bring them within the criteria for bidding for a share of the 20,000 places created under the new ‘core and margin’ system. These can be identified in tables 3 and 4 in bold type font.|
2. As the ten additional FECs submitted access agreements after HEFCE allocated National Scholarship Programme (NSP) places for 2012-13, they have used a calculation provided by HEFCE to estimate the NSP places they might be awarded in future years if their bids to the 'margin' were successful. As these places would be re-allocated from elsewhere in the sector, we estimate there may be up to £2m of double-counting included in NSP spend.
3. During the year OFFA may accept revisions to access agreements that result in increased support for potential students. 14 institutions have made such amendments to their access agreements since July. These amendments are not in response to the ‘core and margin’ system. These institutions are identified in the tables 3 and 4 with a # symbol.
4. Three FECs - Askham Bryan College, Blackpool and the Fylde College, and Croydon College - have withdrawn their access agreement as they will not be charging over £6,000 in 2012-13.
5. There are a number of further minor changes to this data set:
- Two FECs - London Studio Centre and Warwickshire College - were not included in the data published in July but had access agreements for 2012-13 approved before the beginning of the application cycle. A further two institutions have made amendments to correct small errors in the data they submitted in July.
- Some institutions that previously had NSP expenditure recorded as 'Funds not yet allocated' have subsequently reallocated these funds as part of their revisions.
|General explanatory notes|
|When reading these tables, please note that:|
|1. Years relate to academic years (e.g. 2011 relates to the academic year 2011-12). Unless otherwise stated, figures relate to all students paying higher fees, not just entrants.|
2. All income and expenditure data are based on estimates provided by institutions and do not include inflation.
3. The expenditure on fee waivers, bursaries and scholarships is only the amount spent on lower income students or other under-represented groups. Lower income is defined as any student with an assessed household income of up to £42,600. This is the upper Government threshold for partial state maintenance grants for entrants in 2012-13.
4. The expenditure on financial support, outreach and retention is not the total amount spent by institutions in these areas. It is the additional amount that institutions have committed following the introduction of variable fees.
5. Data excludes courses funded by the Training and Development Agency for Schools and the Department of Health, plus post-compulsory initial teacher training courses.
6. Institutions originally submitted access agreements in April, prior to the publication of the higher education White Paper, 'Students at the heart of the system'.