What we do

We regulate English higher education providers on behalf of all students. Our regulatory framework explains how we do this, and our strategy describes our objectives and priorities.

We work in four main areas:

1. Helping students to get into and succeed in higher education

We want students from all backgrounds to be able to enter, succeed in and progress from higher education.

Supporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds to enter higher education is not enough. There is also work to do to close the gaps between different types of students when it comes to continuing studies, gaining a good degree, and finding employment.

Find out more about our work on improving access, participation and success

2. Helping students stay informed 

We want to make sure that students receive excellent information and guidance so they can make good choices about what and where to study.

Find out more about our work on student information

3. Making sure that students get a high-quality education that prepares them for the future

We want students to have a great teaching, learning and wider educational experience that gives them the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in employment or further study. 

Find out more about our work on improving students’ experience and outcomes

4. Protecting students’ interests

We make sure that providers of higher education are able to deliver value for money for students, and have plans in place should something go wrong.

Find out more about our work to protect students’ interests 

What we do not do

We are not responsible for tuition fees policy or student loans, and we are not allowed to provide funding to individual students.

We cannot usually get involved in individual complaints about a university or college.

Find out more about guidance and help for students

 

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