The Office for Students (OFS), the HE regulatory body in England, requires HE providers who charge above the £6,000 basic fee (£4,500 pro rata for part-time students) to commit a proportion of that additional income to supporting students from diverse backgrounds, to be able to access HE and achieve equitable outcomes. This commitment is made explicit through institutional Access and Participation Plans (APPs). The University's APP for 2020/21 - 2024/25 was approved by the OfS on the 28th April 2020 and calls the University to action to deliver ambitious targets in terms of reducing gaps in access, success and progression to higher skilled employment or further study for students from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds.
The OfS approved the Open University’s Access and Participation Plan (APP) Monitoring Return for 2019/20 in October 2021. An Impact Report produced by the OfS based on our submission summarises the progress made by the OU against targets, objectives and written commitments set out in our 2019-20 APP. You can view the Impact Report here.
This site is currently being developed to reflect the new APP targets for 2020/21 - 2024/25. Full details can be found within the APP.