Articles from Office for Students (OfS)

Spurgeon's College registration approved by OfS

Tthe OfS has today announced it has approved Spurgeon’s College’s registration application as an English higher education provider, after originally turning down their application earlier this year.

#MentalHealth conditions compound equality gaps in higher education

Students who report a mental health condition are more likely to drop out of higher education, less likely to progress into skilled work or further study, and graduate with a first or 2:1 – compared to students without a declared mental health condition, a new report by the Office for Students shows today.

Response to disruption caused by industrial action

The University and College Union has announced the results of its recent ballot over the ongoing pension dispute and proposed pay settlement. Branches at 39 English higher education providers have reached the 50 per cent turnout threshold and voted in favour of industrial action.

Students with unconditional offers more likely to drop out

The analysis, published today by the Office for Students (OfS), shows that the dropout rate was 10 per cent higher for students who accepted unconditional offers than would have been expected if they had accepted conditional offers. Across the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years, this equated to almost two hundred students dropping out who would otherwise have been expected to continue.

Sustained collaborative engagement with young people boosts their confidence to progress to higher education

An independent evaluation of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) – funded by the Office for Students (OfS) – has found encouraging signs that, after two years of operation, the 29 partnerships have made good progress in challenging misconceptions about higher education and developing greater self-belief in young people from areas where fewer people go to university. NCOP aims to rapidly increase the number of young people from underrepresented groups who go into higher education by providing long-term outreach activity in 997 target areas across England where higher education participation is lower than would be expected given the GCSE results of young people in the area.

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