"Our aim is to improve the performance of the sector as a whole and we therefore need you to improve your absolute performance … as well as measure how you are doing compared to others," the watchdog wrote. "Please consider this issue as soon as possible and make any amendments you think appropriate."
OFFA has a delicate line to tread between Government's policy aspirations and its own sharply limited powers. Its one real power - to refuse to agree an Agreement - is a nuclear one and would almost certainly be challenged in law if ever exercised (after all, a medium sized university will lose £10 million or more for every year it goes without an Access Agreement - even lawyers don't cost that much). I really admire the way that OFFA are treading that line so carefully.