The Office for Students
Produced in partnership with Kris Robbetts of VWV
The Office for Students

The following Local Government practice note produced in partnership with Kris Robbetts of VWV provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • The Office for Students
  • Establishment of the Office for Students
  • Accountability
  • Functions of the OfS
  • Funding
  • Primary aims of the OfS
  • Approach to regulation
  • Concurrent Regulation
  • The Register
  • Registration Fee
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020). CA 2020, ss 37–38, Sch 16 Pt 1–Sch 16 Pt 3, Sch 17 Pt 1–Sch 17 Pt 3, among other measures, make provision to require temporary closure of educational institutions and to make temporary continuity directions relation to childcare, education and training by way of statutory instruments and/or guidance. For further information as to the current impact on this content, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—education tracker.

The Higher Education and Research Act 2017 (HERA 2017) represents perhaps the most significant legislative change to affect the UK higher education sector since 2004.

HERA 2017, Pt 1 establishes a new regulatory body for higher education (HE) in England, the Office for Students (OfS) and makes provision for a new register of providers. More detailed information on the constitution and operation of the OfS is given in HERA 2017, Sch 1.

HERA 2017, Pt 2 covers other education measures including student financial support, complaints and the deregulation of HE corporations in England.

HERA 2017, Pt 3 concerns research, establishing UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and setting out the research and innovation functions of the councils. More detailed information is given in HERA 2017, Sch 9.

HERA 2017, Pt 4 picks up general matters, including co-operation and information sharing between the OfS and UKRI, transitional arrangements and pre-commencement

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