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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.

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.

Latest lockdown should not lead to lost learning, says regulator

In a letter sent to universities and colleges in England, the OfS (@officestudents) has detailed its actions in response to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular the latest lockdown restrictions. An increasing number of universities are putting in place arrangements to support students not able to access their accommodation due to lockdown restrictions, with many considering the appropriate action to take. The OfS has also encouraged universities to consider how they might support students by engaging with private accommodation providers.

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.

Office for Students distributes additional hardship funding

The @OfficeStudents (OfS) has today (18 Dec) written to universities and colleges with details of additional funding of £20 million to help to address student hardship.

OfS publishes new experimental measure on student outcomes

Details of the measure are set out in a new report (@officestudents), which also includes anonymised results by university, subject, and by subject within universities. The measure brings together projected data on the number of full-time first-degree students who complete their studies with data about the progression of recent graduates to employment, further study or other activities.

New OfS analysis examines differences in higher education access and continuation between different groups of students

The @OfficeStudents (OfS) has published a new analysis of differences on access and continuation rates in higher education between students from different ethnic groups.

Office for Students seeks views on approach to collaborative outreach

Through 29 local partnerships across the country, Uni Connect (@officestudents) provides long-term coordinated information, advice and guidance and outreach to support student progression to further and higher education. The consultation published today will give Uni Connect partnerships, schools, colleges and other stakeholders with an interest in equality of opportunity in higher education the chance to help inform a new approach to the programme from 2021-22 onwards.

Regulator sets out how students can register concerns

@officestudents sets out how students can register concerns - New guidance issued by the Office for Students (OfS) has outlined how it will continue to respond to students, staff at universities and members of the public who have concerns that a university may be breaching its registration conditions.

English higher education ‘in reasonable financial shape’ despite impact of pandemic

Finances at England’s universities and other higher education providers largely remain sound despite the early impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, new analysis from the Office for Students (@officestudents) has found. However, there is significant variation in the position of different providers.

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