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    UK Government sets out plans to ensure higher education open to all

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      Following the decision to raise the cap on tuition fees, the UK government has set out its plans to ensure that this increase does not discourage those from less well-off backgrounds to apply for univeristy education.


      Institutions wishing to charge more than £9000 a year will have to publish an 'Access Agreement' (http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/higher-education/docs/g/11-728-guidance-to-director-fair-access). In a letter to the Office for Fair Access, Minister of State for Universities and Skills, David Willetts, suggests that these Agreements should cover the following points:


      - outreach activities, both to the young (through schools and colleges), and to mature potential students (through the community)

      - provision of summer schools and similar initiatives

      - participation in the National Scholarship Scheme, as well as information on institution-specific fee-reductions or scholarships

      - efforts to identify high-potential students in low-achieving schools

      - support offered to students once enrolled in courses

      - the range of different course types available, making it easier for people who would find full-time residential study difficult


      For more information, please see here: http://www.bis.gov.uk/news/topstories/2011/Feb/higher-education-access-agreements