Analytic Quality Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2004-18, Analytic Quality Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 24 January, 2018 , © Lee Harvey 2004–2018.


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Access fund

core definition

Access fund is money specially earmarked to support non-traditional students in gaining access to higher education.

explanatory context

Access funds are part of the widening participation process in the UK. They are now called 'access to learning funds'. However, it seems the current reactionary UK government intends to remove this source of funding.

analytical review

HEFCE (undated) defind access to learning funds as:

Government money given to universities and colleges via the UK HE funding councils to assist students in financial difficulty with their living costs. Funds may be used to provide bursaries for students who might be deterred from entering higher education. They can also be used to waive tuition fees for part-time students on benefits, or who become unemployed during their course.

associated issues


related areas

See also

access courses



Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE ), undated, Glossary, available at, accessed 30 December 2016.

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