New universities regulator comes into force

New universities regulator comes into force

The Office for Students legally comes into force to hold universities to account and promote students interests.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new regulator designed to champion the interests of students, promote choice and help to ensure that students are receiving a good deal for their investment in higher education, has legally came into force on 1st January.

The OfS will replace HEFCE as the main regulator of higher education, and it will hold universities to account for the quality of teaching they provide.

It marks a major milestone in the implementation of the Higher Education and Research Act (2017), and the OfS will have an explicit legal duty to promote choice and consider the student, employer and taxpayer interests.

To coincide with the launch, newly appointed board members have been announced. They include:

  • Simon Levine
  • Toby Young (since resigned)
  • Elizabeth Fagan
  • Katja Hall
  • Monisha Shah
  • Ruth Carlson

They join the OfS Board, which already consists of:

  • Sir Michael Barber (Chair)
  • Martin Coleman (Deputy Chair)
  • Nicola Dandridge (CEO)
  • Chris Millward (DfAP)
  • Gurpreet Dehal
  • Kate Lander
  • Prof Carl Lygo
  • David Palfreyman
  • Prof Steve West.

Education Secretary Justine Greening said: “The higher education sector is one of our nation’s greatest assets, and the OfS will play a vital role in ensuring our universities retain their world-class reputation for years to come.

“I welcome the new OfS board members to their important new roles. Their experience and skill will be key in ensuring the OfS achieves its ambitions.”

OfS Chair Sir Michael Barber said: “I am delighted to be welcoming another outstanding set of appointments. The new Board members’ broad mix of skills and experiences complement those already appointed.

“I am confident that the OfS has a Board in place that is well-placed to successfully oversee the creation and guide the operation of a new organisation which will be shaping our brilliant higher education sector in the interests of students, short, medium and long term.”

Minister for Universities Jo Johnson said: “The OfS will introduce a truly modern approach to regulation – one that will further enhance the reputation of our university sector.

“I welcome today’s appointments, and I am confident that the OfS has a board that will champion choice and competition, and put the interests of students at the heart of regulation.”

Thursday, 4 January 2018

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Anonymous Date: Jan 4, 2018

Not often a twitter storm lasts as long as the one for Toby Young's appointment

Paul Rothwell Date: Jan 5, 2018

Has Toby Young ever 'played a vital role' in anything other than the furtherance of Toby Young's interests? If we ever needed proof of this government's moral bankruptcy and utter lack of direction and credibility this is it.

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