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Education Secretary selects preferred candidate for new Office for Students Chair

The Education Secretary @GavinWilliamson has named Lord Wharton of Yarm as his preferred candidate to be the next Chair of the @OfficeStudents, following approval by the Prime Minister.

American style contextual admissions needed to recognise the potential of disadvantaged students

Radical changes needed to ensure university admissions identify potential, not just exam results.  A new OfS research brief ‘Contextual admissions: Promoting fairness and rethinking merit’, says that universities should therefore take much stronger account of the context in which exam results are achieved – as has been seen recently in the United States and Scotland – to recognise the potential of candidates from disadvantaged and other underrepresented backgrounds who could make a major contribution to their communities and to the wider economy and society.

Students more confident with online learning than lecturers are about teaching digitally

The call comes as new polling suggests only 21 per cent of lecturers were ‘very confident’ they could design and deliver digital teaching during the pandemic – 59 per cent said they were fairly confident, and 18 per cent said they were not confident. By comparison, 49 per cent of students said they were ‘very confident’ that they had the skills to benefit from online learning with 42 per cent somewhat confident.

Student satisfaction stable as data continues to highlight need for clear communication

#NSS2020 - The results of the @OfficeStudents 2020 National Student Survey  Responding to this year’s National Student Survey (NSS), published today (15 Jul), 83 per cent of the 311,432 UK students are satisfied with the quality of their course – marginally down from 84 per cent last year. However, students have continued to report comparatively lower rates of satisfaction with how their courses are organised and how effectively changes are communicated by their university or college.

Teaching grant budget for 2020-21 set out

The grant available totals £1,479 million which represents a reduction in funding of 0.5 per cent since 2019-20 in cash terms. As part of this year's funding there are some areas where additional provision is needed – primarily to reflect increases in intakes to pre-registration medical degrees and the continuing effects of the transfer of funding responsibility for pre-registration courses in nursing, midwifery and allied health professions. This means the underlying cut in recurrent funding is greater – at around £70 million (5 per cent) in cash terms, although this should be viewed alongside an increase in capital funding of £50 million.

Coronavirus ‘no detriment’ policies lie behind the significant increase in first class honours

@OfficeStudents responds to @UKHESA statistics 

New guide to help students raise concerns

The guide – released as part of the @OfficeStudents wider student engagement strategy – has been designed to facilitate and encourage students and their representatives to highlight concerns which fall within the scope of the regulator’s powers and to ensure the notifications system is straightforward to understand and use.  

Latest lockdown should not lead to lost learning, says regulator

In a letter sent to universities and colleges in England, the OfS (@officestudents) has detailed its actions in response to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular the latest lockdown restrictions. An increasing number of universities are putting in place arrangements to support students not able to access their accommodation due to lockdown restrictions, with many considering the appropriate action to take. The OfS has also encouraged universities to consider how they might support students by engaging with private accommodation providers.

Office for Students distributes additional hardship funding

The @OfficeStudents (OfS) has today (18 Dec) written to universities and colleges with details of additional funding of £20 million to help to address student hardship.

OfS publishes new experimental measure on student outcomes

Details of the measure are set out in a new report (@officestudents), which also includes anonymised results by university, subject, and by subject within universities. The measure brings together projected data on the number of full-time first-degree students who complete their studies with data about the progression of recent graduates to employment, further study or other activities.

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