About the guidance
We and other organisations provide a broad range of best-practice guidance to universities and colleges.
We now publish less guidance ourselves; instead we encourage the use of best practice guidance from elsewhere and facilitate the development of sector-led guidance where appropriate. It is for universities and colleges to determine which guidance to follow and in most cases is not intended to be prescriptive.
However we do expect universities and colleges to deliver 'value for money', so we expect them to adopt good practices where appropriate. This means that universities and colleges should at least consider relevant guidance and use it as they see fit.
If an institution does not adopt recognised good practice we expect that they will be able to justify why this is the case, if asked to do so. In the same way, we expect that universities and colleges will 'scan the horizon' for the existence of new guidance (from whatever source).