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Universities in the United Kingdom must reach out to students from less privileged backgrounds

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 01 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:0305136a
  1. Irina Haivas1
  1. 1BMJ

UK universities wanting to increase tuition fees will have to sign “access agreements” with the new Office of Fair Access (OFFA), an independent body aimed at widening the participation in higher education, education secretary Charles Clarke announced this month.

From 2006 universities will be allowed to introduce variable tuition fees of up to £3000 ($4700; a4400). In this context, the OFFA has to ensure equal opportunities for all students, regardless of their background. Clarke told the BBC: “We must tackle the underachievement of the many young people who come from less advantaged backgrounds, …

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