Regulatory advice 17: Variation and revocation of degree awarding powers

This regulatory advice sets out guidance about how and under what circumstances the Office for Students (OfS) might vary or revoke a provider’s degree awarding powers (DAPs) authorisation.

It applies to all higher education providers in England that hold a DAPs authorisation, irrespective of how that authorisation was originally granted.

Note: This document is yet to be updated to incorporate the changes to conditions of registration that came into effect on 1 May 2022, and should be read in conjunction with the regulatory framework.

9 December 2019
Read more about degree awarding powers
Last updated 28 July 2023
28 July 2023
We have made small corrections to paragraph referencing and some of the text in Annex B.
27 July 2023
Annex B published: Operational guidance on assessment of DAPs variation and revocation.
01 May 2022
Link added to list of consequential changes to conditions of registration, in effect from 1 May 2022.
17 June 2021
Updated to reflect that we are accepting DAPs applications
16 December 2020
Update to the alert message.
15 May 2020
Notice added about the suspension of applications for degree awarding powers.

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