The Office for Students (OfS) is consulting on new regulation to protect quality and standards in higher education in England. The new requirements will allow the OfS to intervene more frequently in universities and colleges where courses fall below expectations and require improvement.
The OfS consulted on the broad principles of its approach to quality and standards in higher education over the winter. Today’s consultation proposes new detailed conditions of registration for quality and standards. All universities and other higher education providers must meet these conditions to remain registered. These conditions – ‘the B Conditions’ – consist of:
- New condition B1 which would mandate a high-quality academic experience, where courses are up-to-date, effectively delivered, provide educational challenge and equip students with the skills they need to succeed after they graduate
- New condition B2 which would require that all students receive the resources and support they need to succeed during their course and beyond
- New condition B4 which would require universities and colleges to ensure students are assessed effectively and receive credible qualifications that stand the test of time
- New condition B5 which would ensure that the standards of courses are consistent with sector-recognised standards.
Each of these conditions sets out clear minimum requirements that would apply to all higher education courses at all levels.
The OfS’s approach to the regulation of minimum requirements for student outcomes will be the subject of a separate further consultation in the autumn. This consultation runs until 27th September 2021.