Access and participation

We’re registered with the Office for Students (OfS), which regulates higher education in England.

Registration means that we meet OfS requirements for course quality, academic standards, student support, student protection and more.

Access and Participation Plan

Our Access and Participation Plan sets out how we'll promote equality of opportunity at ARU. It came into effect from September 2020. 

OfS monitor our progress against the Access and Participation and have provided an Impact Report to summarise this. 

Our Access and Participation Plan is supported by four other strategies:

Previously, our Access and Participation Plan 2019-20 applied.

Access Agreements

From September 2019, new Access and Participation Plans replaced Access Agreements.

Our Access Agreements detailed fee levels, the financial support we offered to new students, and the measures we had in place to recruit students from under-represented groups.

All publicly funded universities in England that wished to charge higher tuition fees had to have an Access Agreement in place which was agreed with the Director for Fair Access, and monitored by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA). Access Agreements were reviewed and revised every year.