Office for Students publish effective practice guidance on students with convictions

Office for Students are the independent regulator of higher education in England. As part of their work to promote equal opportunities, Office for Students publish information on effective ways of meeting the needs of different student groups.

Unlock were delighted to collaborate with them on their new guidance for higher education providers on students with criminal convictions. Christopher Stacey, co-director of Unlock said:

We know that people with convictions face a number of barriers to higher education and recognition of this is vital in helping them overcome them and achieve their potential. This guidance from Office for Students makes clear that students with convictions are a widening participation group and that best practice means thinking about how to include them.

Unlock, supported by the UPP Foundation have worked with universities on removing some of the barriers students face in accessing higher education. As the new term approaches, we look forward to continuing work to share best practice across the sector and helping providers understand how best to support students with convictions to succeed.

More information: Our Unlocking students with conviction project

Practical guidance: Principles for fair university admissions

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