Keele University OFFA Access Agreement

The Keele University mission is to provide a high quality educational experience for students shaped by outstanding research, contributing positively to social, environmental and economic agendas locally, nationally and internationally. As we seek moderate growth in our student population we will build upon our already successful work in recruiting and retaining students of high ability and potential from the broadest possible backgrounds.

The North Staffordshire area, namely the conurbations of Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme, has some of the lowest levels of participation in Higher Education in the country. As a university that aims to engage fully with our community, we have been working with schools and colleges in the region to promote progression, participation and fair access for many years.

During the last 12 months the University has continued to invest in both outreach and retention activities. We remain committed to delivering appropriate and targeted activities across these areas, whilst further developing ease of access to help and support throughout a student’s interactions with the University, from the earliest engagements at Key Stage 2 through to Key Stage 5 transition projects, and on campus advice and support.

The 2015/16 Access Agreement provides the University with an opportunity to make explicit its strong and established commitment to supporting Widening Participation and the holistic student experience. We will continue to achieve this commitment by placing a significant emphasis upon the delivery of proven and effective outreach and access work, by offering valuable, relevant and targeted financial support, and by committing to the continued development and delivery of effective and valued services that improve retention and encourage student success.

This latest Access Agreement builds upon earlier Access Agreements and explicitly focuses on the development of activity and services to support students in the following broad areas:

  • Student Financial Support
  • Outreach and Access
  • Retention and Success
  • Progression

Whilst we recognise the importance of focusing our attention on the delivery of activity within these highlighted areas, the University believes in delivering a seamless approach when supporting students into, through and beyond Higher Education. As such, we will develop and refine existing, as well as planned, activity ensuring efficiencies are made. Access work will be delivered in partnership by colleagues working across our professional services teams and at different stages of the whole student lifecycle.

OFFA links

OFFA Access Agreements can be found for all institutions on the OFFA webpages (

To see Keele's Access Agreements please follow the links below -