HEFCE and OFFA already work closely and effectively together. We will build on this good track record to ensure that investment in widening participation and fair access is maximised in the interests of students and the wider public. We will continue to work with OFFA, with Government and with universities, colleges and students to implement the new framework for widening participation and fair access, and to monitor the impacts of the new funding arrangements for higher education.
Sir Alan Langlands, HEFCE's Chief Executive, said:
'Les Ebdon is a longstanding champion of widening participation who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the post.
'We look forward to working with him to implement the Government’s new framework for widening participation and fair access.
'Everyone with the potential to benefit from higher education should have the opportunity to do so. Widening participation is vital to creating a fairer society, improving social mobility and supporting economic growth.'