Universities are expected to invest £806 million in widening participation in 2017-18, up 10 per cent in cash terms on the previous year.
Some 198 access agreements have been approved by the Office for Fair Access, but that 111 of them had required further negotiation before they were signed off.
The London School of Economics is predicted to spend the highest proportion of its income from charging tuition fees of above £6,000. It aims to spend 50 per cent of its higher-fee income on widening participation. The bulk of this spending will provide financial support to students (35 per cent of its higher-fee income), including bursaries, fee waivers and in-kind support such as subsidised accommodation.