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Regulatory Partnership Group

The Regulatory Partnership Group (RPG) was established in September 2011 by HEFCE and the Student Loans Company (SLC). Its purpose is to advise Government, HEFCE and other national agencies on policy, strategic and operational issues arising from the development of the  funding and regulatory arrangements for higher education in England.

The RPG's membership is drawn from the public bodies involved in the funding and regulatory frameworks of higher education in England. In response to a request in a ministerial letter of 13 June 2012 RPG publishes an operating framework that sets out the roles, responsibilities, relationships and accountabilities of the various organisations involved in the regulation of HE in England.

RPG also oversees a programme of work to enhance the arrangements for the collection, sharing and dissemination of data and information about the HE system. This programme is managed by the HE Data and Information Improvement Programme (HEDIIP).   designed a work programme to implement the planned changes. It is made up of four elements:

Records of meetings

The Group meets regularly and the papers for each of its meetings are available below. The most recent papers appear first.

19 November 2014

10 April 2014

28 February 2014


Download the Feb14_agenda as PDF (80 KB) | Download the Feb14_agenda as MS Word (52 KB)

Notes of the meeting held on 28 February 2014

Download the Feb14_notes as PDF (153 KB) | Download the Feb14_notes as MS Word (70 KB)

Review of the terms of reference and constitution of RPG 

Download the Feb14_terms_of_ref as PDF (113 KB) | Download the Feb14_terms_of_ref as MS Word (81 KB)

Mapping and learning from complaints handling

Download the Feb14_complaints_framework as PDF (343 KB) | Download the Feb14_complaints_framework as MS Word (87 KB)

HEDIIP Progress report, including Programme Plan for approval

Download the Feb14_progress_report as PDF (162 KB) | Download the Feb14_progress_report as MS Word (59 KB)

Investigating Corporate Forms: report of the Working Group

Download the Feb14_corporate_forms as PDF (479 KB) | Download the Feb14_corporate_forms as MS Word (142 KB)

Progress reports on the work streams:

a) Register of HE providers in England 

Download the Feb14_register_of_providers as PDF (332 KB) | Download the Feb14_register_of_providers as MS Word (297 KB)

b) Developing HEFCE’s Financial Memorandum: progress report 

Download the Feb14_update_on_FM as PDF (112 KB) | Download the Feb14_update_on_FM as MS Word (60 KB)

c) Agreement on institutional designation

Download the Feb14_agree_instit_designation as PDF (212 KB) | Download the Feb14_agree_instit_designation as MS Word (66 KB)


Download the Feb14_agree_instit_designation_annex as PDF (695 KB)

d) Updating the Operating Framework

Download the Feb14_update_OF as PDF (68 KB) | Download the Feb14_update_OF as MS Word (57 KB)

 Date of next meeting: 10 April 2014, 1400-1600 at HEFCE’s London offices, Finlaison House, Furnival Street.

20 September 2013

19 June 2013

20 March 2013

10 December 2012

7 September 2012

Further information

The group was known as the Interim Regulatory Partnership Group for the first nine months of its existence.

For further information please contact Kath Thompson (k.thompson@hefce.ac.uk).

Page last updated 28 November 2014

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