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Teaching grant budget for 2020-21 set out

The grant available totals £1,479 million which represents a reduction in funding of 0.5 per cent since 2019-20 in cash terms. As part of this year's funding there are some areas where additional provision is needed – primarily to reflect increases in intakes to pre-registration medical degrees and the continuing effects of the transfer of funding responsibility for pre-registration courses in nursing, midwifery and allied health professions. This means the underlying cut in recurrent funding is greater – at around £70 million (5 per cent) in cash terms, although this should be viewed alongside an increase in capital funding of £50 million.

Maintain good courses and credible qualifications for students during pandemic, says regulator

Universities and colleges should continue to do all they can to maintain the quality of courses and the credibility of qualifications during the pandemic, @OfficeStudents said today (3 Apr).

American style contextual admissions needed to recognise the potential of disadvantaged students

Radical changes needed to ensure university admissions identify potential, not just exam results.

Office for Students sets out slimmed down regulatory requirements during coronavirus pandemic

The @OfficeStudents is announcing today (26 Mar) that it is refocusing its regulatory requirements on universities, colleges and other higher education providers to prioritise the response to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Office for Students sets out slimmed down regulatory requirements during coronavirus pandemic

The Office for Students (OfS) is announcing today that it is refocusing its regulatory requirements on universities, colleges and other higher education providers to prioritise the response to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  

Universities must pause unconditional offers for two weeks in student interest

Universities Minister @MichelleDonelan is asking #HE providers not to change their offers to students for two weeks to maintain stability.

Office for Students writes to higher education providers - Information request in relation to COVID-19

The Office for Students has written to higher education providers to request information on an ongoing basis about confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at their institutions.

Office for Students welcomes ‘landmark victory’ to protect students’ interests

@OfficeStudents acted entirely within the law in refusing the registration application of Bloomsbury Institute Limited, the High Court has ruled.

New independent commission aims to boost support for disabled students

A new independent group formed by @OfficeStudents and @AdvanceHE to challenge universities and colleges in England to improve support for #disabled students will meet for the first time today (9 Mar).

OfS seeks views on approach to monetary penalties

The OfS is seeking views from higher education providers, students, and other interested bodies and individuals, in a consultation which launches today. Monetary penalties are an important part of the OfS’s regulatory approach as they incentivise compliance with conditions of registration by deterring, or applying consequences for, breaches. They are one of a range of sanctions and interventions the OfS uses to ensure that the interests of students are protected.

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