Earlier today, AUB received a visit from Professor Les Ebdon CBE, Director of the Office for Fair Access to Higher Education (OFFA).

Professor Ebdon met with students and academic staff to discuss access to Higher Education and to learn more about the creative work that AUB is doing to help those from all backgrounds to achieve their academic ambitions.

Staff took Professor Ebdon on a tour of the campus led by former Vice Chancellor, Stuart Bartholomew, during which BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design students broke into a jambusters dance. First years assembled to give a live performance, set in post-war Britain.

Head of External Affairs, Sean Aita, also ran a workshop with a group of primary children in AUB’s conference centre, introducing the concept of university study to primary-age children by showing them the infinite career and life possibilities open to graduates.

Professor Ebdon said: “It was a pleasure visiting AUB today. With the Government’s aim of doubling the proportion of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds going into HE, it was good to hear about AUB’s work with young people, encouraging them see HE as a real option for their future.”

Professor Ebdon was named one of Britain’s 500 most influential people by Debretts, and he received a CBE in 2009 for services to local and national education. OFFA is an independent public body which helps safeguard and promote fair access to higher education.

You can read more about AUB’s commitment to widening participation in Higher Education.