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Office for Students

Question for Department for Education

UIN 31199, 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 universities with the performance of the Office for Students.

Answered on

21 July 2022

The department regularly meets with sector mission groups, in which we discuss their views on the impact of departmental policy and the Office for Students’ (OfS) approach to regulation. We understand that the OfS does the same.

The OfS’s purpose is to regulate in the interests of students. It is not in place to act in the interests of the sector. As a result, it will sometimes take decisions which some parts of the sector, or individual providers, do not support or agree with. Provider satisfaction is therefore not necessarily a good measure of how well the OfS is performing its legislative functions.