Consultation on quality and standards in higher education: raising the bar

The Office for Students is consulting on its approach to regulating quality and standards in higher education. Since 2018, our focus has been on assessing providers seeking registration and we are considering whether and how we should develop our approach now that most providers are registered.

This consultation is taking place at an early stage of policy development and we would like to hear your views on our proposals. 

Read full details of this consultation on the OfS website

Who is this survey for?

Anyone with an interest in the regulation of quality and standards in the higher education sector. 

How to respond to the consultation

Responses should be received by 12 January 2021. Please use this online form to submit your response.

You can choose to 'save and continue' at any point, but to enable this feature you will need to provide your name and email address. You will be emailed a unique link which you can use to return to your survey at a later stage.

If you have any questions about this consultation, require this document in an alternative format or need assistance with the consultation response form, please contact us on 0117 931 7305 or email Please note that this email address should not be used to submit your consultation response.
Privacy notice

Here is a short summary of how the personal information you submit will be held and used:
  • This survey is optional.
  • In order to analyse the responses to the consultation, we are collecting personal information (alongside your views on our proposals) in order to understand who has responded and the views that they have on our proposal, with an aim of being able to understand the different perspectives of different stakeholders. To achieve the above aims, the specific uses that will be made of your personal information are listed below:
  • Your name and email address which will be collected so that we may contact you for any queries in relation to your submission.
  • We will also ask about the organisation you are from (if applicable), which will be used to record and analyse the responses. Individuals, organisations and roles will not be identifiable in our consultation response. If we want to use your personal information for a reason other than those purposes set out above, we will tell you before we start that use and provide further information about the new purpose(s).
  • The Data Controller of the personal information you submit will be the Office for Students.
  • The legal basis for processing your personal information is Article 6(1)(e) - public task; is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller.
  • It will be stored on secure servers within the UK.
  • It will not be routinely shared with any other organisations.
  • It will be retained one year after the end of our published response then securely disposed of.
  • You have certain rights in relation to your personal information, which are set out at:
  • You may contact our Data Protection Officer with any queries or concerns you have about the use of your personal information.
You may also wish to read the full privacy notice on the OfS website.

If you choose to provide personal information with this consultation response, you will need to consent to us processing your data in line with the privacy notice outlined above *