UCW passes OfS test with flying colours

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University Centre Weston (UCW) has had its application to register with the Office for Students (OfS) approved by the new higher education regulator.

To register with the OfS, higher education providers have had to demonstrate that they meet challenging requirements in areas relating to the quality of their courses, student protection and financial stability.

As well as finding that UCW is compliant with those stringent standards, the OfS has imposed no ongoing conditions on UCW as part of the registration process.

This means that UCW will now be listed in the Register of higher education providers in England, and can continue to offer its more than 45 work-based, degree-level courses across a number of subject areas.

In order to be listed in the Register, UCW has also had to produce an access and participation plan to commit to improving equality of opportunity for students from disadvantaged backgrounds and underrepresented groups.

The OfS was established by the Higher Education and Research Act 2017, with the regulator replacing the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Office for Fair Access, and its registration and regulatory processes have been designed to ensure competition and quality in the higher education sector.

Anthony Murray, UCW’s Vice Principal for Higher Education, said: “We’ve had a number of important successes at UCW in recent years, including our Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award and the achievement of the best Higher Education Review in the West of England.

“The successful registration with the OfS may not on the face of it be as exciting as those other endorsements, but it proves that we continue to put our students at the heart of everything we do.

“It also means that our local community, university partners, current students and also those thinking of joining us can be assured of our quality and standards and strength as an organisation.”

UCW delivers its degrees in partnership with Bath Spa University and the University of the West of England, Bristol.