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Higher education short course trial Challenge Competition

Announcing the new funding, OfS chair Lord Wharton said:

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 OfS seeks new independent members for its Quality Assessment Committee and Provider Risk Committee

@OfficeStudents are looking for new members to join these two board committees at an important point in the development of the regulation of the OfS.

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.

Universities must not disregard poor spelling and grammar

Universities and colleges should consider students’ spelling, punctuation and grammar when marking exams and assessments, the Office for Students (@OfficeStudents) argues in a report published today (7 Oct). 

How we expect universities and colleges to tackle harassment and sexual misconduct

The Office for Students (@OfficeStudents) today (19 Apr) called for urgent action to tackle harassment and sexual misconduct in universities and colleges. OfS chief executive, Nicola Dandridge, urges all higher education providers to review their policies, systems and procedures before the next academic year. 

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 publishes topic briefing on suicide prevention

The briefing offers guidance to universities and colleges on the steps they can take to support students who may be at risk of suicide and their communities as a whole, as well as providing links to a range of resources and training materials. Advice includes ensuring suicide prevention work involves the whole university or college community, with senior leaders taking ownership of suicide prevention strategies. The briefing also calls on universities and colleges to ensure that student mental health is a strategic priority, and for students to be actively and appropriately involved in the development of approaches. Commenting, Lord Wharton, chair of the Office for Students said:

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.

How are universities and colleges performing their duties under the Prevent framework?

Prevent monitoring data published  The Office for Students (@OfficeStudents) has today (2 Sep) published a range of data relating to how universities and colleges are performing their duties under the Prevent framework.

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