- Subject to the outcomes of our recent consultations, we plan to take a more robust approach to quality. We are introducing revised quality conditions that provide greater clarity about the minimum requirements that providers must meet.
- We will use the data and regulatory intelligence we hold to identify courses and providers that may not satisfy our regulatory requirements for quality. We expect this proactive approach to result in an increase in our investigative and enforcement activity from the first year of the strategy, with courses that do not meet our requirements being improved or closed.
- We will ensure that all providers satisfy our minimum requirements for student outcomes. Subject to the outcome of our recent consultation, we will identify priorities for enforcement activity and, where appropriate, we will investigate compliance concerns and use the full range of our powers to take action. We also plan to publish annual data that shows the outcomes delivered by each provider.
- We will report on our regulatory activity for individual providers and on wider themes relevant to all providers’ compliance.
- We will consider using small-scale regulatory ‘sandboxes’* for providers wishing to experiment in course design and delivery in a way that continues to satisfy our requirements.
- We will also drive improvement in the quality of undergraduate courses beyond our regulatory baseline by implementing the next iteration of the TEF scheme. Subject to the outcomes of our recent consultation, our initial focus will be on implementing the scheme; following implementation we will focus on increasing the influence of TEF ratings, to strengthen incentives for improvement across all providers.
- Towards the end of the strategic period, we will focus on promoting and improving comparable information about quality for the benefit of prospective students, which we expect will in turn further incentivise providers to improve as they seek to attract students.
* Here and throughout the strategy, regulatory ‘sandboxes’ refer to trials where the OfS would enable providers to test innovative new approaches.