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  1. University Alliance responds to OfS consultation on proposed regulatory advice

    University Alliance has published their response to the Office for Students’ consultation on proposed regulatory advice and other matters relating to freedom of speech. Summary We welcome the principle of OfS developing guidance on freedom of speech with practical examples. However, UA members have not found the draft guidance as helpful as it could be. The examples given seem manufactured and simplistic, lacking nuance. More importantly, they do…

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  2. University Alliance responds to DfE’s Advanced British Standard consultation

    University Alliance have published their response to the Department for Education’s Advanced British Standard consultation. Summary University Alliance is broadly supportive of the aims of the Advanced British Standard (ABS). As professional and technical universities, we see equal value in both academic and vocational subjects and do not believe students should be forced down one route or another. We also agree that all students need good litera…

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  3. University Alliance responds to the Office for Students’ free speech complaints scheme consultation

    University Alliance has published their response to the Office for Students’ consultation on their free speech complaints scheme. Summary The Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Act 2023 requires the Office for Students (OfS) to operate a free speech complaints scheme. It is imperative that this new scheme runs as effectively and efficiently as possible, ensuring a transparent, fair, and objective process for both complainants and respondents an…

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  4. University Alliance respond to the Department for Education’s consultation on the de-designation of QAA as the Designated Quality Body in England

    University Alliance has responded to the Department for Education’s consultation on the de-designation of QAA as the Designated Quality Body in England. Our full consultation response can be viewed here. Vanessa Wilson, CEO of University Alliance commented: “In our consultation response, we highlighted our strong belief that the sector needs an independent Designated Quality Board that is separate and independent from the Office for Students to m…

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  5. University Alliance responds to the Higher Education reform consultation

    Higher Education funding is in need of radical reform: University Alliance responds to the Higher Education reform consultation University Alliance (UA), which represents the UK’s leading professional and technical universities, has today submitted its response to the Department for Education’s consultation on higher education reform. The representative group argues that despite the transformative potential of policies such as the Lifelong Loan E…

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