Degree awarding powers: Orders made by the OfS

This page sets out details of Orders made by the Office for Students (OfS) for degree awarding powers, and a summary of the effect of and reasons for the Order.

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2021

Arden University Limited, formally known as Resource Development International, was awarded time-limited taught degree awarding powers (DAPs) by the Privy Council on 1 September 2014. This Order expired on 31 August 2020.

The OfS previously authorised Arden University Limited to grant all taught awards for a further time-limited period between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2021.

The OfS has now varied this DAPs Order for Arden University Limited to remove the time limit.

The effect of the variation is to enable Arden University Limited to grant all taught awards (including foundation degrees, bachelor’s degrees and taught masters’ degrees) on an indefinite basis.

This variation takes effect from 1 September 2021.

See the DAPs variation Order for Arden University Limited.

The OfS has made an Order awarding the College of Legal Practice Limited new degree awarding powers (new DAPs).

The effect of this new DAPs Order is that the College of Legal Practice Limited is authorised to grant the following specified taught awards for a fixed term beginning on 1 February 2022 and expiring on 30 April 2025:

  • Master of Law in Legal Practice
  • Master of Science in Legal Practice
  • Master of Business Administration in Legal Practice
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Legal Practice
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

See the new DAPs Order for the College of Legal Practice Limited.

Hull College Group was awarded time-limited foundation degree awarding powers (DAPs) by the Privy Council on 1 January 2016.

The OfS has varied this DAPs order for Hull College to extend the time limit for a period of one year, to 31 December 2022. This variation takes effect from 1 January 2022.

The effect of and reasons for the variation are to allow sufficient time for the provider to be assessed for indefinite degree awarding powers.

See the DAPs variation Order for Hull College.

The OfS has made an Order awarding Lamda Limited with full taught degree awarding powers (Full DAPs).

The effect of this Full DAPs Order is that Lamda Limited is authorised to grant all taught awards (including foundation degrees, bachelor’s degrees and taught masters’ degrees) for a time-limited period beginning on 1 August 2021 and expiring on 31 October 2024.

See the Full DAPs Order for Lamda Limited.

The OfS has made an Order awarding ICMP Management Limited with full taught degree awarding powers (Full DAPs).

The effect of this Full DAPs Order is that ICMP Management Limited is authorised to grant all taught awards (including foundation degrees, bachelor’s degrees and taught masters’ degrees) for a time-limited period beginning on 1 September 2022 and expiring on 30 November 2025.

See the Full DAPs Order for ICMP Management Limited.

The London Institute of Banking & Finance (LIBF), formally known as ifs University College, was awarded time-limited degree awarding powers (DAPs) by the privy Council in January 2010 for a period of six years. On 2 January 2016, the order was extended for a further six years with an expiry date of 1 January 2022.

The OfS has varied the DAPs Order for The London Institute of Banking & Finance to remove the time limit.

The effect of the variation is to enable The London Institute of Banking & Finance to grant all taught awards (all degrees up to and including Level 7) on an indefinite basis.

This variation takes effect from 2 January 2022.

See the DAPs variation Order for The London Institute of Banking & Finance.

TEC Partnership, formally known as Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education, was awarded time-limited foundation degree awarding powers (DAPs) by the Privy Council on 1 August 2013. This Order expired on 31 July 2020.

The OfS previously authorised TEC Partnership to award foundation degrees for a further time-limited period between 1 August 2020 and 31 July 2021.

The OfS has now varied this DAPs Order for TEC Partnership to:

  1. Extend the time limit on TEC Partnership’s authorisation to grant foundation degrees to 31 October 2024.
  2. Extend TEC Partnership’s authorisation by level to include authorisation for TEC Partnership to grant awards up to and including Bachelor’s degrees for a time-limited period commencing on 1 August 2021 and expiring on 31 October 2024.

The effect of this variation is to enable TEC Partnership to:

  1. Continue to grant foundation degrees until 31 October 2024.
  2. Grant awards up to and including Bachelor’s degrees for a time-limited period commencing on 1 August 2021 and expiring on 31 October 2024.

This variation takes effect from 1 August 2021.

See the DAPs variation Order for TEC Partnership.

The OfS has made an Order awarding TEDI-London new degree awarding powers (New DAPs).

The effect of this New DAPs Order is that TEDI-London is authorised to grant the following specified taught awards for a time-limited period beginning on 1 September 2021 and expiring on 30 November 2024:

  • BEng in Global Design Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) in Global Design Engineering
  • MEng in Global Design Engineering
  • CertHE in Global Design Engineering
  • DipHE in Global Design Engineering.

See the New DAPs Order for TEDI-London.

The Ashridge (Bonar Law Memorial) Trust was awarded time-limited taught degree awarding powers (DAPs) in 2008, which was renewed by the Privy Council on 1 September 2014, with an expiry of 31 August 2020.

The OfS previously varied this DAPs Order for The Ashridge (Bonar Law Memorial) Trust to extend the time limit to 31 August 2021.

The OfS has now varied this DAPs Order for The Ashridge (Bonar Law Memorial) Trust to remove the time limit.

The effect of the variation is to enable The Ashridge (Bonar Law Memorial) Trust to grant all taught awards (including foundation degrees, bachelor’s degrees and taught masters’ degrees) on an indefinite basis.

This variation takes effect from 1 September 2021.

See the DAPs variation Order for The Ashridge (Bonar Law Memorial) Trust.

Warwickshire College was awarded time-limited foundation degree awarding powers (DAPs) by the Privy Council on 1 September 2014, with an expiry date of 31 August 2020.

The OfS previously varied this DAPs Order for Warwickshire College to extend the time limit to 31 August 2021.

The OfS has now varied this DAPs Order for Warwickshire College to:

  1. Remove the time limit on Warwickshire College’s authorisation to grant foundation degrees.
  2. Extend Warwickshire College’s authorisation by level to include authorisation for Warwickshire College to grant awards up to and including Bachelor’s degrees for a time-limited period commencing on 1 September 2021 and expiring on 31 December 2024.

The effect of this variation is to enable Warwickshire College to:

  1. Grant foundation degrees on an indefinite basis.
  2. Grant awards up to and including Bachelor’s degrees for a time-limited period commencing on 1 September 2021 and expiring on 31 December 2024.

This variation takes effect from 1 September 2021.

See the DAPs variation Order for Warwickshire College.

2020

Arden University Limited, formally known as Resource Development International, was awarded time-limited taught degree awarding powers (DAPs) by the Privy Council on 1 September 2014. This Order expired on 31 August 2020.

The OfS has authorised Arden University Limited to award taught awards for a one-year fixed term between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2021.

The effect of this Order is to enable Arden University Limited to continue to award relevant degrees until 31 August 2021, with the same effect as the provider’s previous authorisation from the Privy Council. The reasons for this Order are to allow sufficient time for the provider to be assessed for indefinite degree awarding powers and to reflect the provider’s change of legal name, which took effect after the previous Privy Council Order.

See the DAPs Order for Arden University Limited.

BPP University Limited was awarded time-limited taught degree awarding powers (DAPs) by the Privy Council on 1 September 2013.

The OfS has varied this DAPs Order for BPP University Limited to remove the time limit. This variation takes effect from 1 September 2020.

The effect of the variation is to enable BPP University Limited to continue to award relevant degrees for an indefinite period. The reason for the variation is because the OfS is satisfied that the provider continues to meet the DAPs criteria and is operating its powers securely. Therefore, it is proportionate to allow the authorisation to now be given on an indefinite basis.

See the DAPs Order for BPP University Limited.

The OfS has made an Order awarding Dyson Technical Training Limited New Degree Awarding Powers (New DAPs).

The effect of this New DAPs Order is that Dyson Technical Training Limited is authorised to grant the following specified taught awards for a fixed term beginning on 1 September 2021 and expiring on 30 November 2024:

  • BEng (Hons) in Engineering Degree Apprenticeship
  • BEng (Hons) Degree in Engineering.

The reason the OfS has made this New DAPs Order is because it is satisfied that Dyson Technical Training Limited is ready for New DAPs and has the ability to operate securely as a degree awarding body.

See the New DAPs Order for Dyson Technical Training Limited.

The OfS has authorised Regent’s University London Limited to grant taught awards for a fixed term between 29 September 2020 and 31 August 2024.

The reasons for this Order are that the OfS is satisfied that the provider meets the degree awarding powers criteria and will operate its powers securely. The effect of this Order is to enable Regent’s University London Limited to award relevant degrees between 29 September 2020 and 31 August 2024.

See the DAPs Order for Regent’s University London Limited.

TEC Partnership, formally known as Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education, was awarded time-limited foundation degree awarding powers (DAPs) by the Privy Council on 1 August 2013. This order expired on 31 July 2020.

The OfS has authorised TEC Partnership to award foundation degrees for a one-year fixed term between 1 August 2020 and 31 July 2021.

The effect of this Order is to enable TEC Partnership to continue to award relevant degrees until 31 July 2021. The authorisation has the same effect as the provider’s previous authorisation from the Privy Council, including any restrictions.

The reasons for this Order are to allow sufficient time for the provider to be assessed for indefinite degree awarding powers, and to reflect the provider’s change of legal name, which took effect after the previous Privy Council Order.

See the DAPs Order for TEC Partnership.

The Ashridge (Bonar Law Memorial) Trust was awarded time-limited taught degree awarding powers (DAPs) by the Privy Council on 1 September 2014.

The OfS has varied this DAPs order for The Ashridge (Bonar Law Memorial) Trust to extend the time limit for a period of one year, to 31 August 2021. This variation takes effect from 1 September 2020.

The effect of and reasons for the variation are to extend the current authorisation by 12 months, to allow sufficient time for the provider to be assessed for indefinite degree awarding powers.

See the DAPs Order for The Ashridge (Bonar Law Memorial) Trust.

The OfS has made an Order awarding The London Interdisciplinary School Ltd New Degree Awarding Powers (New DAPs).

The effect of this New DAPs Order is that The London Interdisciplinary School Ltd is authorised to grant the following specified taught award for a fixed term beginning on 27 September 2021 and expiring on 31 December 2024:

  • BASc (Hons) in Interdisciplinary Problems and Methods.

The reason the OfS has made this New DAPs Order is because it is satisfied that The London Interdisciplinary School Ltd is ready for New DAPs and has the ability to operate securely as a degree awarding body.

See the New DAPs Order for The London Interdisciplinary School Ltd.

Warwickshire College was awarded time-limited foundation degree awarding powers (DAPs) by the Privy Council on 1 September 2014.

The OfS has varied this DAPs order for Warwickshire College to extend the time limit for a period of one year, to 31 August 2021. This variation takes effect from 1 September 2020.

The effect of and reasons for the variation are to extend the current authorisation by 12 months, to allow sufficient time for the provider to be assessed for indefinite degree awarding powers.

See the DAPs Order for Warwickshire College.

2019

BPP University Limited was awarded time-limited taught degree awarding powers (DAPs) on 1 September 2013. This order expired on 31 August 2019.

The OfS has varied this DAPs order for BPP University Limited for a period of one year, to 31 August 2020. This variation takes effect from 1 September 2019.

The effect of and reasons for the variation are to extend the current authorisation by 12 months, to allow sufficient time for the provider to be assessed for indefinite degree awarding powers.

See the DAPs Order for BPP University Limited.

Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education was awarded time-limited foundation degree awarding powers (DAPs) on 1 August 2013. This order expired on 31 July 2019.

The OfS has varied this DAPs order for Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education for a period of one year, to 31 July 2020. This variation takes effect from 1 August 2019.

The effect of and reasons for the variation are to extend the current authorisation by 12 months, to allow sufficient time for the provider to be assessed for indefinite degree awarding powers.

See the DAPs Order for the Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education.

Last updated 11 January 2022
11 January 2022
Details of degree awarding powers Order for the College of Legal Practice Limited added
05 January 2022
Details of variation Order made by the OfS for degree awarding powers for LIBF, and for Hull College Group.
15 November 2021
2021 orders added
18 January 2021
Details of Orders made by the OfS for degree awarding powers added for two providers
06 October 2020
Details of degree awarding powers Order for Regent's University London Limited
02 September 2020
Details of Orders made by the OfS for degree awarding powers added for five providers

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