We administer the programme on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, which sets the overall policy and funding level.
The programme has the following features:
The Government's contribution to the programme will be £50 million in financial year 2012-13, £100 million in 2013-14 and £150 million from 2014-15.
It is expected that those institutions wishing to charge above the 2012-13 basic fee level of £6,000 who are required to submit an access agreement to the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) will provide a matched contribution to the programme of at least the same value as the government contribution.
To allocate the funding available, we calculate the funds for each institution in direct proportion to the numbers of HEFCE-fundable home and EU students enrolled on its programmes.
In March we published the provisional allocations for the first year of the programme. We have now published the final allocations (see below).
Since April institutions have submitted access agreements to OFFA. These include information regarding the delivery of the programme and their matched contribution.
Institutions intending to charge £6,000 or less for their fees and therefore not submitting access agreements were asked to complete the addendum to the Widening Participation Strategic Assessment.
This addendum asked institutions to indicate if they wanted to opt in or opt out of the programme. Participation is not compulsory for institutions that do not intend to charge above £6,000 for any of their undergraduate fees from 2012-13.
A number of institutions have indicated that they will opt out of the programme for 2012-13. We will therefore redistribute funds accordingly. This means participating institutions may see an increase to their provisional allocation published in March.
Institutions will receive their full allocation in one payment in August 2012.
For more information please contact Rachael Tooth, e-mail email@example.com 0117 931 7410.
Page last updated 31 May 2012