SPA future and funding

Following its annual planning and budgeting exercise, UCAS has withdrawn funding from SPA.

The SPA team are exploring alternative models for funding, and has received support from a small number of universities to operate a centre of excellence. This would ensure that SPA's core services would remain freely available to the whole UK HE sector. Discussions are ongoing and we expect the centre of excellence will be operational later this term.

We have gained the support and agreement of OFFA in England that expenditure incurred in relation to SPA may be included in your access agreement where it is related to widening participation and fair access. Please see the OFFA website for further information.

If you would like to discuss these changes further, feedback to us, or send us any ideas for additional projects you would like SPA to run, please email us at or

Further information about SPA, including the results from our most recent performance survey, can be found on the Impact and reach page.

SPA's planned services are available to download below.

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