NEWS & BLOG


NEWS: Office for Students formally constituted at the New Year

The Office for Students (OfS) formally came into existence at the turn of the year, although it does not officially take over from HEFCE and start its work until 1 April. The appointment of controversial free school advocate Toby Young to the OfS Board became the biggest talking point around the government’s New Year announcement, New […]

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NEWS: Consultation on Accelerated Degrees

Today the Government launched a consultation on accelerated (2-year) degrees. Under its proposals, UK universities would be able to charge up to £11,100 per annum for tuition (a 20% uplift on current fees) with students saving 20% on the cost of tuition fees, equating to about £5,500. The higher fees are intended to reflect higher […]

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Beware of misleading claims, ASA tells universities

Six UK universities – Strathclyde, Leicester, UEA, UWL, Falmouth and Teesside – have had advertisements ruled misleading by the Advertising Standards Authority.  See Universities: Comparative claims published on the ASA website on 15 November 2017. The rulings are likely to mean that in future universities consider more carefully the claims they make in their marketing. […]

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Consultation on UK Quality Code for HE

The UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment (UKSCQA) opened a consultation of the UK Quality Code for HE in October 2017. You can find it at: Consultation on the UK Quality Code for HE For commentary see Wonkhe’s post by Catherine Boyd and Louis Coiffait,   What’s good again? Consultation launched on new UK Quality Code’

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Capplestone Gate’s award for Best all-round source for all things HE in the UK – WONKHE

For anybody working in higher education – particularly in roles involving policy, strategy, and adapting to the changing environment in which universities operate (so that’s pretty much everyone) – the Wonkhe website has become the go-to destination for new information, insights and thinking. THE has declined in recent years, let’s face it, with fewer reporters […]

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Nicola Dandridge will run the OfS

Nicola Dandridge, the current chief executive of Universities UK, has been announced as chief executive officer of the newly formed Office for Students, under the chairmanship of Michael Barber: read more here from WonkHe and from the Times Higher Education

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TEF Results Announced

The UK government today released the Teaching Excellence Framework results for year 2, the first to rank universities into gold, silver and bronze categories, and to impact on institutions’ abilities to raise tuition fees. 295 institutions participated – universities, FE colleges teaching HE, and private providers – of whom 59 were rated gold, 116 were […]

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Implementing the Higher Education and Research Act 2017

Universities UK has produced a new guide to the implementation of the HERA 2017. It includes information on establishment of the OfS, the OfS’s statutory duties, the new regulatory framework, the new register and various status options it contains, student protection plans, the designation of quality and statistical bodies, quality and standards, university title and […]

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