Data returns during the 2021-22 academic year

We published a letter on 20 July 2021 giving detailed requirements and deadlines for data returns in 2021-22.

See the schedule for providers registered in the Approved (fee cap) category
See the schedule for providers registered in the Approved category

Deadline Submission Approved providers Approved (fee cap) providers

Aligned with ESFA deadline

Individual Learner Record (ILR) data return

Every registered further education college and sixth form college will need to submit details of individual students and the courses they are studying.

The data collected underpin the OfS’s regulatory approach including metrics used to monitor condition B3 (student outcomes).

This data is collected by ESFA. Further information is available from GOV.UK.

Within seven calendar months and two weeks of a provider’s financial year end
(exact dates will be issued to providers)

Annual Financial Return

Every registered provider (excluding further education colleges and sixth form colleges) will need to submit financial data consistent with its latest audited financial statements, forecast financial and student number data, and other relevant contextual information, including signed, audited financial statements. A provider will need to submit the management letter from its external auditor.

The data collected is used to monitor the financial viability and sustainability of providers, in particular in considering compliance with Condition D (financial viability and sustainability).

This data is collected by the OfS. 

Our letter of 20 July 2021 gives early information about the requirements for the Annual Financial Return 2022.

Within 15 working days of the OfS sending the provider its ‘2020-21 access and participation plan impact report’

2020-21 access and participation plan monitoring: impact report

Providers will need to submit either:

  • the URL of the location on the provider’s website of a document setting out information included in the 2020-21 access and participation plan impact report, or
  • written confirmation that the provider has not published this information.

Guidance on submission requirements will be published in autumn 2021.

 

Providers with access and participation plans covering academic year 2020-21

2022 deadlines

Deadline Submission Approved providers Approved (fee cap) providers

11 July

Capital funding for financial years 2022-23 to 2024-25

Deadline to submit bids for capital funding. Capital monies will be distributed over the three-year funding period running from financial years 2022-23 to 2024-25.

See the invitation to bid

 

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15 July

Deadline to apply to join the TEF panel

We're looking for academics and student representatives to join the panel for the next Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) exercise.

Find out more and apply

n/a

n/a

31 July

Variations to access and participation plan (APP)

Providers are requested to submit a revised plan to the OfS portal by 31 July 2022 for approval. The revised plan should take into account our new priorities for access and participation for the next four years.

See more information

n/a

(Providers with an APP. Not applicable for those with an A&P statement)

Deadline Submission Approved providers Approved (fee cap) providers

19 August

Graduate Outcomes survey (2020-21): Cohort D

Providers will need to submit and check the contact details for students who have completed their studies, who will then be surveyed by HESA.

For further education and sixth form colleges, initial contact details will be sourced from the Individualised Learner Record (ILR) but will still need checking.

See the HESA website

Upcoming publications

Please note that this list is not exhaustive and timings are subject to change. 

  • Consultation outcome: publication of information about individual providers
  • Consultation: National Student Survey
  • Publication: Recurrent funding to world-leading specialist providers
  • Insight brief: addressing harassment and sexual misconduct

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