Dear all,

 

This morning OFFA, the fair access watchdog, has announced new access agreements with Universities which aim to ensure poor and disadvantage students are able to go to University.

 

More details here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-33537265

 

In response to this announcement Liam Byrne MP, the Shadow Minister for Universities has made the following statement.

 

"The Government's plans to scrap maintenance grants are a huge gamble.

 

They will see the debts of the poorest students soar.

 

These access arrangements may not be enough to ensure able students are not put off university by the enormous burden of debt."

 

ENDS