The Department of Education announced new measures on higher education on 21st January 2021 and the Office for Students (OfS) have responded to these measures.
You can view the Governments interim conclusion to the post-18 review of education and funding here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/post-18-education-and-funding-review-interim-conclusion
OfS have responded with the following:
“An increased focus on lifelong learning will help develop the highly skilled graduate workforce needed to support our economy, nationally, regionally and locally. The OfS plans to work with students, the sector and employers to explore how higher education can be made more attractive and responsive to mature learners, and ensure that mature students are aware of the breadth of options available to them, in both further and higher education.
‘The focus on quality, and the need to tackle poor quality provision, is a strategic priority for the OfS as we consult on new proposals to enable us to anticipate and respond to poor quality, while ensuring that our approach is proportionate and targeted where it is needed.’
– Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of the Office for Students
You can read more of the response from OfS here:
Office for Students
OfS is one of the key co-funders of the National Technician Development Centre and they work with higher education providers to make sure that students succeed in higher education.
Their key aim is to ensure that ‘every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education, that enriches their lives and careers’. They do this through ensuring 4 key objectives:
- Value for money