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Dear Vice-Chancellor or Principal

Update to the Agreement on Institutional Designation

1. This letter provides an updated version of the agreement on institutional designation. This agreement applies to those higher education institutions and further education colleges that receive HEFCE funding. The agreement is applicable to all publicly subsidised student support that they receive, including new student support arrangements for postgraduate loans.

2. We have made some small changes to the agreement to reflect the new operating model for quality assessment for the providers that HEFCE funds and to update the reference to the most recent consumer rights legislation. The operation of the agreement has also been extended from 31 July 2017 until such time as, subject to the will of Parliament, the current Higher Education and Research Bill comes fully into effect.

3. The changes to the agreement have been discussed and approved by Universities UK, GuildHE and the Association of Colleges, who are the signatories of the agreement on behalf of their members.

Yours sincerely

Professor Madeleine Atkins

Chief Executive

Date: 6 February 2017

Ref: Circular letter 03/2017

To: Heads of HEFCE-funded further education colleges, Heads of HEFCE-funded higher education institutions

Of interest to those
responsible for:

Finance, Governance

Enquiries should be directed to:

Jean Arnold, tel 0117 931 7162, email