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David Willetts Minister for Universities and Science response to the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) Annual Monitoring Outcome Report

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

“I am extremely pleased that the latest figures show the take-up rate of bursaries for those eligible is 96% - a considerable improvement since…

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“I am extremely pleased that the latest figures show the take-up rate of bursaries for those eligible is 96% - a considerable improvement since access agreements were introduced. Widening participation in Higher Education is a key aim of the Coalition, and bursaries are one way of achieving this.

“However we must not be complacent. Awareness of bursaries amongst prospective students remains an issue. This report underlines the importance of transparency in providing clear information for prospective students, who can see how universities are meeting their obligations to provide bursaries to those who need them most. All students must have the fullest possible information on which to base their choices and decisions about courses and institutions, including details of the financial support they can expect to receive.”

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Published 5 August 2010