Student financial support ‘not being evaluated’ by universities

The BBC News are reporting that most UK universities do not assess how the millions of pounds of financial support they give students affects their progress, a report says.

The Office for Fair Access says some £478m was committed to supporting students financially in 2014-15.

The watchdog said it was key that universities evaluated the effect of bursaries and fee-waivers on student success, access and progression.

Students are offered subsidised loans to pay their tuition fees, but many universities offer those from low income and disadvantaged backgrounds bursaries and fee-waivers as a way of widening access to degree courses.

In total, a fifth of institutions reported they did not evaluate this financial support at all in 2014-15.

Director of fair access Prof Les Ebdon said: “Universities and colleges spent £725m on activities and programmes to support fair access through their access agreements in 2014-15, so it is hugely important that they have a considered approach to evaluation to ensure that their investment is having the greatest impact.”

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