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Research, Policy and Statistics

HEFCE – Higher Education Funding Council for England

Promotes and funds teaching and research in higher education institutions. Includes general information and sections on finance, good practice, and research.



OFFA – The Office for Fair Access

The Office for Fair Access is the independent regulator of fair access to higher education in England.


NEON – National Education Opportunities Network

NEON is the professional organisation supporting those involved in widening access to higher education. NEON aims to enable those working to widen access to HE at all levels and in all sectors to affect change in their own organisations and communities.



HESA  – Higher Education Statistics Agency

The official source of data about UK universities and HE colleges.



ECU – Equality Change Unit

Equality Challenge Unit works to further and support equality and diversity for staff and students in higher education institutions across all four nations of the UK and in colleges in Scotland. They provide a central resource of advice and guidance for the sector.



Universities UK

Universities UK is the definitive voice for universities in the UK.

Universities UK


Social Partnerships Network

The OU is one of ten organisations that form the Social Partnerships Network (SPN). Together the social partners work to develop strategies and activities that lead to the creation of a more diverse HE system able to meet the needs of diverse learners, supporting lifelong learning, social mobility and workplace learning, improving economic growth and health and welfare.

Social Partnerships Network


Sutton Trust

The Sutton Trust is a do tank. They commission regular research to influence policy and to inform our programmes to improve social mobility through education.

Sutton Trust