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Education Secretary selects preferred candidate for new Office for Students Chair

The Education Secretary @GavinWilliamson has named Lord Wharton of Yarm as his preferred candidate to be the next Chair of the @OfficeStudents, following approval by the Prime Minister.

The year ahead: What students can expect from the OfS

Many students were delighted to return to school last week. After such a difficult year – often with extremely disrupted learning – getting back in the classroom with their friends and teachers was a welcome boost. Those in their final year in college or sixth form will now be thinking about their next steps. 

OfS calls for improved support for students who’ve been in care

A guarantee of year-round accommodation, tailored pastoral support and admissions which take into account applicants’ experiences are among the steps that universities and colleges could put in place to help improve support for students who have been in care, the Office for Students (OfS) has said today.

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.  A new OfS research brief ‘Contextual admissions: Promoting fairness and rethinking merit’, says that universities should therefore take much stronger account of the context in which exam results are achieved – as has been seen recently in the United States and Scotland – to recognise the potential of candidates from disadvantaged and other underrepresented backgrounds who could make a major contribution to their communities and to the wider economy and society.

OfS sets out new condition to protect students if a university or college closes

The condition will give the @OfficeStudents the powers to direct universities and colleges to take certain actions – for example to arrange student transfers, provide information advice and guidance to students, or provide refunds – when a provider faces potential closure.

Major shake-up for National Student Survey following review

Major changes in the National Student Survey (#NSS) will be introduced over the next two years following the first phase of a review of the survey conducted by the Office for Students (@OfficeStudents).

Student satisfaction stable as data continues to highlight need for clear communication

#NSS2020 - The results of the @OfficeStudents 2020 National Student Survey  Responding to this year’s National Student Survey (NSS), published today (15 Jul), 83 per cent of the 311,432 UK students are satisfied with the quality of their course – marginally down from 84 per cent last year. However, students have continued to report comparatively lower rates of satisfaction with how their courses are organised and how effectively changes are communicated by their university or college.

Be sensible with admissions to secure quality

Universities and colleges must keep the promises they make to students during this year’s admissions cycle and not end up ‘sacrificing quality for inflated intakes’, the chief executive of the Office for Students (@OfficeStudents) has warned today (17 Mar).

Students need support to succeed in and beyond higher education

Persistent gaps in outcomes for some groups of students highlight the need for universities and colleges to support students effectively to succeed in higher education, the Office for Students (@officestudents) has warned.  

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.

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