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Office for Students

Question for Department for Education

UIN 31198, tabled on 5 July 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ascertain the level of satisfaction amongst students with the performance of the Office for Students.

Answered on

21 July 2022

The Office for Students (OfS) has a Student Engagement Strategy which enables students to effectively contribute to shaping the OfS’s work to regulate higher education. The OfS also has a student experience board member who is responsible for representing or promoting the interests of students on the OfS board.

In addition, the OfS has appointed a Student Panel to advise its board. The Student Panel informs policy development across the organisation, helping the OfS to understand students’ views and perspectives. It also challenges the OfS to regulate in their interest.

All of these factors allow for regular input from students on how the OfS should best achieve its aim of ensuring that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education which enriches their lives and careers, and whether it is achieving that aim.