The new university regulator has come into force today, 1 January 2018, which is called the Office for Students. The new regulator has been designed to protect the interest of students and is to replace the HEFCE as the main regulator of higher education.
Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for Education, said:
“The higher education sector is one of our nation’s greatest assets, and the OfS will play a vital role in ensuring our universities retain their world-class reputation for years to come. I welcome the new OfS board members to their important new roles. Their experience and skill will be key in ensuring the OfS achieves its ambitions”.
The new chairman of the Office for Students is Sir Michael Barber, who said:
“I am delighted to be welcoming another outstanding set of appointments. The new Board members’ broad mix of skills and experiences complement those already appointed. I am confident that the OfS has a Board in place that is well-placed to successfully oversee the creation and guide the operation of a new organisation which will be shaping our brilliant higher education sector in the interests of students, short, medium and long term”.