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UCLan among the first wave of higher education institutions registered by the Office for Students

University demonstrates clear student focus

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) today announced that it is among the first wave of 42 higher education institutions to be registered by the Office for Students (OfS).

In having its registration approved, the University has met stringent threshold requirements relating to teaching quality, student protection, student support, sound governance and management, financial sustainability and more.

Among a number of benefits, registration enables UCLan to access public grants, such as government funding for teaching or research; access student support funding and apply for or maintain a licence to recruit international students.

Liz Bromley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, said: “To be among the first wave of universities to achieve registration status is fantastic news for the University, both students and staff. We have passed an extremely demanding examination that really adds weight to our aim of creating an inspirational student experience enabling people, irrespective of their backgrounds, to fulfil their potential.

“Today’s announcement follows on from recent news that 95.5% of our full-time graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation, the best result we have ever achieved. Add to this the £200 million student-focused infrastructure investments we continue to make through our masterplan development and you have a blueprint which really places students at the heart of all we do.”  

We have passed an extremely demanding examination that really adds weight to our aim of creating an inspirational student experience enabling people, irrespective of their backgrounds, to fulfil their potential.

Registration by the OfS means the University has demonstrated it:

  • provides well-designed courses that deliver a high-quality academic experience for all students
  • supports students from admission through to completion
  • ensures students’ outcomes are valued by employers or enable further study
  • awards qualifications that hold their value over time, in line with recognised standards
  • pays regard to guidance about how to comply with consumer protection law
  • has a published student protection plan setting out the risks of course, campus or provider closure and how it will protect students’ interests in such an event
  • has the financial resources to provide and deliver the courses advertised
  • has the management and governance arrangements necessary to provide and deliver the courses advertised.

Office for Students Chief Executive Nicola Dandridge said: “The registration process ensures that students can be confident that their university, college or course provider meets demanding quality thresholds and provides effective support to its students.”

Press Office | 20 July 2018