This is a temporary site. The Office for Students will become fully operational in April 2018 and we will launch a full website at that point.

Who we are and what we do

We are the independent regulator of higher education in England.  

We aim to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers.

Our work covers all students whether undergraduate or postgraduate, home or international, young or mature, full-time or part-time, studying on a campus or by distance learning.

Our board is chaired by Sir Michael Barber, and our chief executive is Nicola Dandridge CBE. We are advised by a panel of current and prospective students, and recent graduates.

We will become fully operational in April 2018. 

What do we want to achieve?

We want to ensure that:

  • students from all backgrounds are able to enter and succeed in higher education. Students should be able to make informed choices about their studies, with access to a diverse range of provision which meets their needs.
  • students have access to high quality teaching and learning – whatever, wherever and however they are studying.
  • students’ interests are protected, and that they receive value for money.
  • students are well prepared for life after graduation, gaining qualifications which offer rewarding opportunities for postgraduate study or employment, aligned with the needs of employers.

To access the student support system or receive grant funding from 1 August 2019, all providers will need to register with the OfS.

This applies to all providers including those which HEFCE currently funds, those with ‘specific course designation’, and new providers who wish to register. Registration for 2019-20 will open on 3 April 2018.

We are contacting all current HEFCE-funded providers, those with specific course designation, and any new providers which we know are intending to register with information about the registration process.

See our guidance on how to register

Regulatory framework and registration

Our approach to regulation

Guidance on access and participation plans

How to register as a current provider

How to register as a new provider

Preparing access and participation plans

Preparing access and participation statements

Transparency information

Equality impact assessment

Narrative response to the RF consultation

Ministerial guidance

Other documents

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