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Success as a Knowledge Economy: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice

Market entry, quality and risk-based regulation
• We will replace multiple overlapping HE systems with a single regulator and route into the
• We will move to risk-based regulation which will reduce the regulatory burden across the
sector, except for those providers where additional monitoring is needed.
• New high quality institutions will be able to compete on equal terms with quicker entry to
the sector.
• We will continue to set a high bar on quality to ensure that providers are delivering value
for money for students and taxpayers.
• Student number controls will continue to be lifted for all providers that can meet our high
quality bar, including rigorous outcome measures, but will otherwise remain an important
tool to ensure students and taxpayers are protected.
• We will open up access for providers to be able to award their own degrees by
introducing greater flexibility to degree awarding powers (DAPs): new probationary
foundation and taught DAPs (FDAPs / TDAPs); time-limited granting of DAPs for all new
holders in the first instance with scope for indefinite DAPs for all following successful
renewal; options for bachelors only and subject-specific DAPs; reduced and more flexible
track record requirement for full DAPs.
• We will remove the minimum student numbers criterion for university title (UT), whilst
retaining the requirement that when taking account of ownership structures more than
55% of full time equivalent students are studying higher education. This will enable wider
access to UT for indefinite holders of bachelor level DAPs, and bring together DAPs and
UT processes. We will retain university college title for those who prefer it.
• We will simplify the granting of DAPs and UT for English institutions by transferring
responsibility for the process from the Privy Council to the Office for Students (OfS).
We will encourage providers to improve validation arrangements, and take a power
enabling the OfS to designate a validation service if validation services remain restrictive.
• Following a recommendation from the OfS, the Secretary of State will have a power to
designate sector-owned organisations to carry out specific quality assurance and data
publication functions, enabling the principle of co-regulation to continue.
• We will remove the requirement for higher education providers to submit any changes to
their governing documents to the Privy Council for approval, and remove the unnecessary
statutory requirements on Higher Education Corporations.
• We will extend the remit of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education
(OIA) to cover all higher education providers on the register.
• We will for the first time require providers to have a student protection plan in place, in the
event that the provider is unable to deliver their course of study.

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