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Widening Access and Retention fund

The Widening Access and Retention fund (previously Regional Coherence Funding) is allocated to universities that have the highest widening access intake.


These universities will demonstrate and maintain commitment to the support, retention and successful outcomes of students from the most disadvantaged and deprived backgrounds, particularly in relation to those from the 20% most deprived areas.

For further information on how we support widening access, including Impact for Access, see SFC funding for access initiatives.

Widening Access and Retention Fund Consultation

This consultation is part of SFC’s strategy to review the best use of our funds to deliver the implementation of the Commission for Widening Access (COWA) recommendations.