Consultations

Consultations are an important part of the way we carry out our regulatory duties. Consulting helps us to develop fair, evidence-based policies, builds understanding of our work, and protects the interests of students.

Currently paused consultations:

Consultation on the Office for Students’ approach to monetary penalties

Publication date: 3 March 2020

Status: currently paused

Deadline for responses: new deadline to be confirmed

We are seeking views on our proposed approach to the use of our powers to impose monetary penalties on a higher education provider that breaches its conditions of registration with the Office for Students.

We are also seeking views on our proposed approach to the publication of a decision to impose a monetary penalty.

Read more about this consultation and how to respond

Consultation on the higher education admissions system in England

Publication date: 27 February 2020

Status: currently paused

Deadline for responses: new deadline to be confirmed

This consultation is currently paused and will relaunch no earlier than Autumn 2021-22. 

Read more about the status of the consultation

Consultation on harassment and sexual misconduct in higher education

Publication date: 9 January 2020

Status: currently paused

Deadline for responses: new deadline to be confirmed

We are looking for feedback on proposals to address harassment and sexual misconduct in higher education. 

Our proposals set out expectations for universities and colleges to follow and how the Office for Students will regulate harassment and sexual misconduct affecting students in higher education providers.

Read more about this consultation and how to respond

Closed consultations

Publication date: 17 July 2020

Status: Closed

Deadline for responses: 11 September 2020

We sought views on a new approach to enable us to intervene more quickly and in a targeted way when we consider that a registered provider is at increased risk of leaving the higher education sector. Our proposed interventions are designed to protect students.

Read more about this consultation

Publication date: 4 May 2020

Status: Closed

Deadline for responses: 26 May 2020

We launched a consultation on the integrity and stability of the higher education sector in England.

Proposals included a new, time-limited condition that would allow us to take action against higher education providers that engaged in conduct which would not be in the interests of students and the wider higher education sector in these exceptional circumstances.

Read more about this consultation

See the analysis of the responses and equality impact assessment

Publication date: 7 February 2020

Status: Closed

Deadline for responses: 6 March 2020

The Office for Students will be updating its terms and conditions of funding for 2020-21. Changes from the Terms and conditions of funding for 2019-20 (OfS 2019.12) are minimal and are mainly to dates and references to documents.

We invited views on the proposed changes. We will publish the final 'Terms and conditions of funding for 2020-21' in spring 2020.

Read about the proposed changes

Publication date: 17 January 2020

Status: Closed

Deadline for responses: 17 February 2020

The government’s grant to the Office for Students to fund recurrent teaching in higher education providers is reducing by £58 million in financial year 2020‑21.

We set out proposals for how we may make savings in our allocations to providers and invited views.

Read the proposals

Publication date: 9 July 2019

Status: Closed

Deadline for responses: 5 August 2019

We announced, and invited comment on, changes that we intended to make to the collection of data to inform funding for 2020-21.

Read about the proposed changes

See our response to the feedback received and confirmation of our approach

Publication date: 11 February 2019

Status: Closed

Deadline for responses: 11 March 2019

We invited comments on draft terms and conditions of funding for academic year 2019-20 for registered higher education providers in receipt of financial support from the OfS under Section 39(1) of the Higher Education and Research Act 2017.

We also invited comment on our approach to funding for 2019-20, in particular for formula-based capital grants, and on a revised approach relating to recruitment against intake targets for pre-registration medical and dental courses.

Read the proposals

Read the outcomes of the consultation

Publication date: 7 September 2018

Status: Closed

Deadline for responses: 12 October 2018

We invited comments on our proposed approach to access and participation in higher education as part of a wider review of how we regulate access and participation.

Read the proposals

Read the outcomes of the consultation

Publication date: 7 September 2018

Status: Closed

Deadline for responses: 5 October 2018

We invited comments on the principles guiding the way in which the OfS counts student numbers for regulatory purposes.

Read the proposals

Read the outcomes of the consultation

Published 11 March 2020
Last updated 25 September 2020
25 September 2020
Information updated about the status of the consultation on admissions.
14 September 2020
Consultation on student protection directions now closed
17 July 2020
Consultation on student protection directions published
27 May 2020
Consultation on the integrity and stability of the higher education sector in England now closed.
04 May 2020
Details of new consultation on the integrity and stability of the higher education sector in England added.
16 March 2020
Extended deadline for consultation on harassment and sexual misconduct and updated page introduction.

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