Monthly newsletter and roundup
Read our monthly newsletter and roundup of blog posts, publications and webpage updates published on our site. Please click on the + sign for each month.
A full list of what we published in January is below.
Universities must avoid using unconditional offers to put pressure on students, says Office for Students
The Office for Students has warned universities and other higher education providers that indiscriminate use of unconditional offers is akin to pressure selling and could put them in breach of consumer law.
Independent reviewer of TEF asks for views
Dame Shirley Pearce, who is leading the independent review of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF), has invited views from all with an interest in the TEF.
We invited applications to our student panel
The panel advises the OfS, and ensures that students’ interests are reflected in everything we do.
Unconditional offers: Serving the interests of students?
The steep rise in the numbers of unconditional offers made by universities and colleges to students applying to study with them has come under the spotlight in recent months amid concerns that it is having a negative impact on students.
Release of intake numbers from medical and dental survey (Official statistics)
Analysis of degree classifications over time (OfS 2018.54): Overview of populations added as supplementary information
TEF Year Four: Metrics and contextual data published (Official statistics)
TEF Year Four: Data now includes participants from devolved administrations (Official statistics)
Data amendments: Error summary sheet for aggregate data updated
Transparency: Data published for December 2018 (spending over £25,000)
Student panel: Meeting minutes published
Data amendment panel: Dates added for error submission and meeting of next panel
TEF Year Four: Training video added for provider submissions
Addressing barriers to student success: Case study from New College Durham
A full list of what we published in December is below.
The Office for Students has challenged all universities to eliminate the gaps in access and student success within 20 years.
The Office for Students is inviting funding bids from universities and colleges for innovative projects which will support and enhance provision in nursing, midwifery and allied health subjects.
Chris Millward comments on slow progress in narrowing gaps in access to higher education.
Chris Millward responds to new research on gaps in equality of opportunity.
Student representation and engagement is one of the most important, and most unique, concepts that we work with.
Our new approach to access and participation: Our approach and ambitions
Outreach interventions for under-16s: New guidance and development tool
Complaints and notifications: Process has been updated
Official statistics: HESES and HEIFES survey data relating to academic year 2018-19 will be released on 5 February 2019
Data checking tools: Future releases page added
TEF Years Two and Three: Updates to TEF outcomes – merger added
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