About Us

A primary national provider since 2002 of information, advice and guidance on access, participation, and student retention and success to leaders and practitioners in providers of higher education, Action on Access works with a wide range of partners and strategic alliances to both challenge and support the sector to deliver and to embed access, widening participation and student success.

Our primary aim and mission to develop the sector’s capacity to ensure a representative and successful student cohort, and to embed fair access and widening participation within organisational strategies, missions and cultures.

A wider mission is to promote and strengthen inclusivity and diversity, shaping and influencing (on behalf of learners and practitioners) policy and practice through brokering dialogue between policy makers and practitioner managers. We have over 1,500 subscribers to our Action on Access Jiscmail list.

To achieve these aims we have developed an in-house experience and expertise and gained an enviable reputation across the sector for high quality, reliability and flexible responsiveness. Our core group of consultants and and our wider network of strategic alliances ensures a coordinated, national, strategic approach and support to broadening access, widening participation and improving student success and employability.


We have displayed the logos of the major organisations with whom we partner on our home page and Action on Access is proud to be an active member (and currently treasurer) of the Executive Group of FACE (Forum for Access and Continuing Education) http://www.face.ac.uk/; a member of the NNECL (National Network for the Education of Care Leavers) National Strategy Group www.nnecl.org; and a partner member of the Social Partnerships Network (SPN), sharing common values related to lifelong learning and social mobility and a commitment to a more diverse higher education system. See the SPN website: http://www.open.ac.uk/cicp/main/social-partnerships

Andrew Rawson, Director