2018 and The Office for Students (OfS) comes into force

08 Jan 2018

We hope that everybody had a good break and would like to wish you all a Happy New Year!

The New Year not only beckons in a new term at LSBM (which will start on 15 January 2018). It also heralds a new higher education regulator. 

The Office for Students (OfS) is the new regulator that legally came into force on 1 January 2018 and is charged with championing the interests of students, holding universities to account, promoting choice and helping to ensure that students are receiving a good deal for their investment in higher education.

There are 15 Board Members of the OfS, who will be the main 'public face' of the new body, and these come from a wide-range of backgrounds. As-of 1 January 2018, these were as follows:

Sir Michael Barber (Chair)
Martin Coleman (Deputy Chair), formerly Norton Rose Fulbright
Nicola Dandridge (CEO)
Simon Levine, Managing Partner at law firm DLA Piper
Toby Young, Journalist and Author
Elizabeth Fagan, Senior Vice-President of Boots
Katja Hall, formerly of HSBC
Monisha Shah, Chair of Rose Bruford College
Ruth Carlson, current student at Surrey University
Chris Millward, Director for Fair Access and Participation, formerly HEFCE
Gurpreet Dehal, formerly Credit Suisse
Kate Lander, Eukleia Training
Carl Lygo, former Vice-Chancellor of private university BPP
David Palfreyman, Director of the Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies
Steve West, Vice-Chancellor of UWE

The establishment of the OfS marks a major milestone in the implementation of the Higher Education and Research Act (2017), and the new body will have an explicit legal duty to promote choice and consider the student, employer and taxpayer interests.

Education Secretary Justine Greening said:

"The higher education sector is one of our nation’s greatest assets, and the OfS will play a vital role in ensuring our universities retain their world-class reputation for years to come."

While, Minister for Universities Jo Johnson said:

"The OfS will introduce a truly modern approach to regulation – one that will further enhance the reputation of our university sector."

The OfS will replace HEFCE as the main regulator of higher education, and it will hold universities to account for the quality of teaching they provide.

You can learn more about the likely direction of the new body from the various consultation documents that were compiled to establish it, which you can find here


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