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.

Open consultations

Consultation on distribution of capital funding for financial year 2021-22

Publication date: 26 March 2021

Status: open

Deadline for responses: 23 April 2021

We are consulting on the approach to capital funding for financial year 2021-22 following the Department for Education’s guidance letter which has made available £150 million in capital funding for the Office for Students to distribute. This consultation sets out our proposals for the distribution of capital funding to providers.

Read more about the capital funding consultation and how to respond

Consultation on recurrent funding for 2021-22

Publication date: 26 March 2021

Status: open

Deadline for responses: 6 May 2021

We are consulting on the approach to recurrent funding for 2021-22 in the light of the government’s statutory guidance letter and the condition of grant applied by the Secretary of State on the Office for Students. The statutory guidance letter sets out the funds available for financial year 2021-22 and the related funding policies and priorities it wishes us to implement.

Read more about the recurrent funding consultation and how to respond

Currently paused consultations

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

Closed consultations

Publication date: 15 December 2020

Status: closed

Deadline for responses: 12 March 2021

The OfS receives and generates information about the sector as a whole and about individual providers’ performance and regulatory compliance. We were seeking views on our proposed general policy approach to the publication of information about particular providers, and particular individuals connected with them, where that information is relevant to our regulation of higher education providers.

Read more about the consultation on publishing information

Publication date: 15 December 2020

Status: closed

Deadline for responses: 5 March 2021

We were 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. 

This consultation replaced the consultation ‘Consultation on the Office for Students’ approach to monetary penalties’ (OfS 2020.13) that was launched on 3 March 2020 and then paused because of the early impact of the coronavirus pandemic. That consultation has now been withdrawn and the very small number of responses that we received in March 2020, and which were submitted anonymously, will be destroyed.  

Read more about the monetary penalties consultation

Consultation on reportable events

Publication date: 15 December 2020

Status: closed

Deadline for responses: 26 February 2021

We consulted on our requirements for ‘reportable events’. A ‘reportable event’ is a standing requirement placed on each registered provider to report certain events or matters to the OfS. We were seeking views on the way we define a ‘reportable event’ in the regulatory framework and on revised guidance to help providers to understand and meet the OfS’s reporting requirements. 

Read more about the reportable events consultation

Publication date: 9 January 2020

Status: Closed

We were 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.

This consultation is no longer open for responses. We will continue to engage with stakeholders over the coming weeks and will publish a finalised statement of expectations in spring.

For further information, please read our update on next steps.

Publication date: 17 November 2020

Status: closed

Deadline for responses: 25 January 2021

We invited comments on our approach to regulating quality and standards in higher education. Since 2018, our focus has been on assessing providers seeking registration and we are considering whether and how we should develop our approach now that most providers are registered.

Read the proposals

Publication date: 15 December 2020

Status: closed

Deadline for responses: 19 January 2021

The Office for Students was seeking views on a new approach to the Uni Connect programme from academic year 2021-22 to 2024-25.

Read more about the Uni Connect consultation

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

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

See our response to the feedback received and decisions taken

Publication date: 15 October 2020

Status: Closed

Deadline for responses: 9 November 2020

Deadline to bid: 30 November 2020

We sought views on proposals for how to distribute additional funding provided by the Department for Education to providers. We also invited providers to bid for the additional capital funding.

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 31 March 2021
31 March 2021
Response to the consultation on student protection directions added.
26 March 2021
Consultations on distribution of capital funding and recurrent funding added
15 March 2021
Page updated to reflect the closure of the consultation on publishing information about providers
08 March 2021
Page updated to reflect the closure of the consultation on monetary penalties
01 March 2021
Page updated to reflect the closure of the consultation on reportable events
17 February 2021
The deadlines to respond have been extended for the three open consultations.
09 February 2021
Page updated to reflect the closure of the harassment and sexual misconduct consultation.
26 January 2021
Page updated to reflect the closure of the quality and standards in higher education consultation.
21 January 2021
Page updated to reflect the closure of the Uni Connect consultation.
15 December 2020
Details added for the consultations on reportable events, monetary penalties, publication of information, and Uni Connect.
17 November 2020
Details added for the consultation on regulating quality and standards in higher education
15 October 2020
Consultation on additional recurrent and capital funding for 2020‑21 and monitoring of medical and dental intake targets published
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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