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Two new reports published by the OfS:- The evaluation challenge: understanding what works in access and participation

Two new reports published by the OfS add to a growing body of knowledge about the impact of access and participation activities and identify ways to overcome the challenges of evaluation.

Richard Shiner, Head of Access and Participation Evaluation, discusses the reports in our latest blog post.

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MEG Publication– Managing Higher Education in a College

The driving force behind commissioning these Case Studies was provided by MEG members themselves, who consider continuous improvement and sharing good practice as a key element of good HE management. The full document can be accessed in the ‘policies and research’ section of the Website.

To see the executive summary click here


The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications Accessibility Regulations 2018 and what these mean in practice for colleges

From September 2019 every new public sector website will need to meet approved accessibility standards and publish an accessibility statement saying they have been met. Existing websites have until September 2020 to comply

For further details from the JISC website click here


FE colleges have seen the largest year on year increase in the proportion of applicants to accepted to HE courses

Alan Birks writing for the very informative Click newsletter has summarised the 2018 UCAS Undergraduate End of Cycle Report and describes that:-

UCAS data shows that over the past 10 years, FE colleges have seen the largest year on year increase in the proportion of applicants to accepted to HE courses of any other form of post-16 education. In 2018 UCAS received 43,000 applications from students at FE colleges applying for places. Of these, 83.8% were accepted. While this is a lower HE acceptance rate than for academies (87.8%), sixth-form colleges (87.6%), independent schools (87.1%) and other state schools (85.5%), it is higher than that of grammar schools (82.5%) which some might say is interesting, given the selective nature of grammar schools and their focus on the preparation of pupils for university. More detail and analysis of acceptance rates is contained in the 2018 UCAS Undergraduate End of Cycle Report, which can be found at:

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