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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Higher Education: Registration more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what access a college which has been refused registration by the Office for Students has to an independent appeals process. more like this
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath more like this
star this property uin HL17637 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
star this property answer text <p>The Higher Education and Research Act (HERA) sets out the procedure under which the Office for Students (OfS) refuses registration applications should a higher education provider not meet one or more of the OfS initial conditions of registration. The OfS will inform a provider to tell it they are minded to refuse its application. The provider then has an opportunity to make representations to the OfS, and it is only after considering these representations that the OfS takes a final decision. A provider may subsequently seek to challenge the decision through judicial review.</p><p> </p><p>While the OfS took on some of the responsibilities of the Higher Education Funding Council for England following its closure, the OfS was set up as a new organisation with a new remit and responsibilities. The OfS regulatory framework and its guidance to providers sets out how applications for registration are assessed. The department is unable to comment on individual cases related to the OfS registration process. Neither the department nor our ministers can intervene in judicial reviews of the decisions of the OfS.</p><p> </p><p>The OfS considers the impact on both current and prospective students before taking registration decisions. A decision to refuse is not taken lightly, but HERA is clear that a provider which does not meet the OfS initial conditions of registration must be refused. Circumstances for current students will vary at different providers. However, the OfS will always seek to work with the provider to ensure that students are supported to complete their studies – either at their current provider where existing students can continue to access student support for the purposes of teach out, or at a new provider. Higher education providers should have systems and policies in place to offer appropriate mental health support and signposting to specialist help where necessary.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
star this property grouped question UIN
HL17638 more like this
HL17639 more like this
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less than 2019-09-09T16:50:12.933Zmore like thisremove minimum value filter
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4218
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
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2024
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Hunt of Kings Heath remove filter
1144150
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Higher Education: Registration more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have received about the reasons for the Office for Students refusing registration of institutions that have been operating successfully under the previous Higher Education Funding Council for England regulatory framework, including its financial sustainability test, such as Spurgeon’s College, despite the circumstances of an institution remaining unchanged. more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath more like this
star this property uin HL17638 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
star this property answer text <p>The Higher Education and Research Act (HERA) sets out the procedure under which the Office for Students (OfS) refuses registration applications should a higher education provider not meet one or more of the OfS initial conditions of registration. The OfS will inform a provider to tell it they are minded to refuse its application. The provider then has an opportunity to make representations to the OfS, and it is only after considering these representations that the OfS takes a final decision. A provider may subsequently seek to challenge the decision through judicial review.</p><p> </p><p>While the OfS took on some of the responsibilities of the Higher Education Funding Council for England following its closure, the OfS was set up as a new organisation with a new remit and responsibilities. The OfS regulatory framework and its guidance to providers sets out how applications for registration are assessed. The department is unable to comment on individual cases related to the OfS registration process. Neither the department nor our ministers can intervene in judicial reviews of the decisions of the OfS.</p><p> </p><p>The OfS considers the impact on both current and prospective students before taking registration decisions. A decision to refuse is not taken lightly, but HERA is clear that a provider which does not meet the OfS initial conditions of registration must be refused. Circumstances for current students will vary at different providers. However, the OfS will always seek to work with the provider to ensure that students are supported to complete their studies – either at their current provider where existing students can continue to access student support for the purposes of teach out, or at a new provider. Higher education providers should have systems and policies in place to offer appropriate mental health support and signposting to specialist help where necessary.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
star this property grouped question UIN
HL17637 more like this
HL17639 more like this
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less than 2019-09-09T16:50:12.993Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T16:50:12.993Z
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4218
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
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2024
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Hunt of Kings Heath remove filter
1144151
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-09-03more like thismore than 2019-09-03
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Higher Education: Registration more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what provisions and alternative finance arrangements are being put in place to support students who have been affected by the Office for Student's decision to refuse registration of their educational institutions; and what assessment they have made of the impact of such refusals on student mental health. more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath more like this
star this property uin HL17639 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
star this property answer text <p>The Higher Education and Research Act (HERA) sets out the procedure under which the Office for Students (OfS) refuses registration applications should a higher education provider not meet one or more of the OfS initial conditions of registration. The OfS will inform a provider to tell it they are minded to refuse its application. The provider then has an opportunity to make representations to the OfS, and it is only after considering these representations that the OfS takes a final decision. A provider may subsequently seek to challenge the decision through judicial review.</p><p> </p><p>While the OfS took on some of the responsibilities of the Higher Education Funding Council for England following its closure, the OfS was set up as a new organisation with a new remit and responsibilities. The OfS regulatory framework and its guidance to providers sets out how applications for registration are assessed. The department is unable to comment on individual cases related to the OfS registration process. Neither the department nor our ministers can intervene in judicial reviews of the decisions of the OfS.</p><p> </p><p>The OfS considers the impact on both current and prospective students before taking registration decisions. A decision to refuse is not taken lightly, but HERA is clear that a provider which does not meet the OfS initial conditions of registration must be refused. Circumstances for current students will vary at different providers. However, the OfS will always seek to work with the provider to ensure that students are supported to complete their studies – either at their current provider where existing students can continue to access student support for the purposes of teach out, or at a new provider. Higher education providers should have systems and policies in place to offer appropriate mental health support and signposting to specialist help where necessary.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
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HL17637 more like this
HL17638 more like this
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less than 2019-09-09T16:50:13.04Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T16:50:13.04Z
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4218
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
unstar this property tabling member
2024
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Hunt of Kings Heath remove filter
1146305
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-09-25more like thismore than 2019-09-25
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Office for Students: Registration more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how long, on average, it takes for an application by an institution for registration with the Office for Students to be processed; and what has been (1) the longest, and (2) the shortest, time taken for such an application, broken down by institution type. more like this
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath more like this
star this property uin HL17800 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-07more like thismore than 2019-10-07
star this property answer text <p>There is no meaningful average time for higher education establishments receiving an outcome on their Office for Students (OfS) registration application. This is because the time taken from initial receipt of the application to a final registration decision is dependent on a number of factors.</p><p> </p><p>These factors include the completeness of the application initially submitted, the scale of the clarificatory information requested by the assessor during the assessment process and the length of time taken by the provider to respond to such information requests. In addition, other factors include the time taken for the provider’s access and participation plan to be negotiated and approved and the likelihood of the provider to breach its ongoing conditions of registration, including the ways in which that would impact its students. Furthermore, consideration is also given to the overall readiness of the provider to be regulated.</p><p> </p><p>Cases where decisions that have been reached more quickly often relate to circumstances where the provider has submitted a near-complete application or where queries during the assessment have been minimal. More timely decisions can be made where the risk assessment suggests that the provider is unlikely to breach any of its ongoing conditions of registration.</p><p> </p><p>Cases that have taken longer to assess have typically involved several attempts to obtain relevant information from the provider.</p><p> </p><p>The risk assessment may also suggest either that the provider does not satisfy one or more initial conditions of registration (in which case the provider may make representations against the proposed decision to refuse registration), or that the provider may be at increased risk of breaching one or more of its ongoing conditions of registration, once registered.</p><p> </p><p>In these cases, the OfS is likely to conclude that the interests of students are best protected by taking regulatory action with which the provider must comply, such as applying specific conditions of registration or enhanced monitoring arrangements. Such occurrences would lengthen the timeframe for a decision on an application.</p><p> </p><p>The OfS will be publishing an analysis of the key themes that arose during the initial registration process in the autumn.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
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less than 2019-10-07T11:44:55.51Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-07T11:44:55.51Z
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4218
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
unstar this property tabling member
2024
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Hunt of Kings Heath remove filter