You need cookies enabled


You need cookies enabled

This briefing was intended to provide policy and procedural updates for alternative providers who hold specific course designation.  

The briefing provided:

  • policy updates from the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) for alternative providers in light of the May 2016 Government White Paper
  • HEFCE updates for the September 2016 redesignation and annual monitoring window
  • information on how to apply for designation for postgraduate masters loans 2017-18
  • feedback from the HEFCE 2015 alternative providers’ satisfaction survey
  • information on degree awarding powers
  • early information on the implications of Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for alternative providers with course designation
  • Q&A session with panel members from BIS and HEFCE.

Presentations from the event

Opening speech and welcome
Susan Lapworth, Director (Regulation and Assurance), HEFCE

Download the Welcome_and_introduction_presentation as PDF (523 KB)

Government policy and alternative providers
Ian Coates, Director, Higher Education Strategy & Policy at Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)

Download the Government_policy_and_alternative_providers_presentation as PDF (625 KB)

2016-17 annual monitoring and course designation application processes
Jack Smith, Senior Higher Education Policy Adviser, Specific Course Designation, HEFCE

Download the 2016-17_annual_monitoring_and_course_designation_processes_presentation as PDF (1,017 KB)

Alternative provider satisfaction survey
Rob Stroud, Head of Alternative Provider Engagement, HEFCE

Download the Alternative_provider_satisfaction_survey_presentation as PDF (1,015 KB)

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
Iain Mansfield, Deputy Director in Higher Education, BIS and Graeme Rosenberg, Head of TEF, HEFCE

Download the Teaching_Excellence_Framework_presentation as PDF (1,028 KB)

Discussion on the Higher Education Bill
Jean Arnold, Head of HE Gateways, HEFCE

Download the Discussion_on_the_Higher_Education_Bill_presentation as PDF (539 KB)

Further information can be obtained from the HEFCE course designation team via