Access and Participation Plan archive

The University of Manchester is firmly committed to being an open and accessible university that pro-actively seeks out students capable of benefiting from higher education.

The University’s strategy for widening participation is set out in our Access and Participation Plan with the Office for Students (OfS) and is overseen by the University’s Access and Participation Strategy Group. The Access and Participation Plan covers the whole of the student lifecycle, from increasing the entry rates of widening participation students into HE to improving retention and attainment rates whilst at university and supporting progression into graduate-level employment or further study.


Access Agreements are similar to Access and Participation Plans, but were approved under the previous regulation system. Many Access Agreements are still in effect and the Ofice for Students is now responsible for them.

Access and Participation Plans and Access Agreements:

A database of access agreements is also available via the OfS website.