Published: 17 July 2014 at 15:44
Millions spent on allowing access to students with “lower-income” backgrounds
More than £8million invested by Anglia Ruskin has supported people who otherwise may not have been able to afford to go to university, improving their long-term prospects.
A report released today by OFFA (Office for Fair Access) shows Anglia Ruskin spent 41.7% of higher fees on improving access to university, well above the national average of 27%.
Of 3,342 new full-time students who began their courses in September 2012, the year when universities were allowed to charge up to £9,000 for tuition fees, 2,164, or 64.75%, were so-called OFFA-countable (where their household income is £42,600 or below).
The amount spent by Anglia Ruskin on supporting OFFA-countable students in 2012/13 was £8.2million, one of the biggest investments by any English university. About £528,000 of this was received from a Government National Scholarship Programme, while £489,000 was spent on outreach work to raise aspirations and attainment levels among people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Professor Michael Thorne, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, said: