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The Office for Students (OfS) is the independent regulator for Higher Education in the UK, its role is to work with higher education providers to make sure that students access, succeed and progress beyond higher education.

As part of our registration requirements with the OfS, Access and Participation Plans set out the University’s strategy for continued investment in activities to ensure equality of opportunity in access, success and progression in Higher Education for all underrepresented groups.

In September 2019, the University of Chester received approval of its new five year Access and Participation Plan 2020/21 from the Office for Students (OfS). The Office for Students (OfS) also approved a variation to the plan in February 2022 (for the year 2022-23) and again in December 2022 (for the year 2023-24).

The University’s past and current Access and Participation Plans can be found below:

PDF iconAn accessible summary of the plan 2023-24 (PDF, 150.4 KB)
PDF iconAccess and Participation Plan for academic year 2023-24 (PDF, 1.14 MB)
PDF iconAccess and Participation Plan for academic year 2022-23 (PDF, 1.33 MB)
PDF iconAccess and Participation Plan for academic years 2020-21 and 2021-22 (PDF, 1.25 MB)
PDF iconAccess and Participation Plan for academic year 2019/20 (PDF, 1.2 MB)

Any Access Agreements prior to 2019/20 can be accessed directly from the Office for Students (OfS) website.

See our Provider Fee Information for 2022-23 (PDF, 138 KB).

In addition, from 2019/20 as part of the annual monitoring process, the University provided the Office for Students (OfS) with information about its progress toward meeting targets and written commitments via a new Impact Report. Our approved Impact Reports can be found below:

PDF icon2019-20 Access and Participation Plan Monitoring Provider Impact Report (PDF, 294 KB)