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Office for Students (OfS) criteria

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What is the Office for Students criteria for underrepresented students? 

An individual or household’s social and economic position can be represented through indicators such as income, education, occupation and how this compares to others. Students from more advantaged backgrounds often benefit from more effective information from schools, parents/supporters and broader networks. Students from more disadvantaged backgrounds, who may not have the same support at home and through their networks, are less likely to have access to effective information and guidance. Universities are encouraged to consider a variety of measures and indicators to develop an understanding of underrepresentation in their own context. These groups can relate (but are not limited) to:

Underrepresented groups as defined by The Office for Students:

  • Students from areas of low higher education participation, low household income or low socioeconomic status
  • Some black, Asian and minority ethnic students
  • Disabled students
  • Care leavers
  • Carers
  • People estranged from their families
  • People from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities
  • Refugees
  • Children from military families

Please visit The Office for Students website for more information. 

This information was correct at the time of publication, please note the criteria is subject to change.

Published: 7 June 2022