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HEFCE provides grant funding to publicly funded colleges for the provision of prescribed courses of higher education. See more about the funding allocations made to this provider.
Students are registered with the lead provider but taught by this provider for some or all of the course. This arrangement is defined by HEFCE as a sub-contractual arrangement. Please see the 'Sub-contractual arrangements' tab above for further detail.
This provider's higher education courses are automatically designated for student support. Eligible students studying on courses beginning in 2017-18 that meet the requirements set out in the Student Support Regulations can apply for undergraduate student loans and for particular allowances. Students who commenced study on eligible courses prior to 2016-17 can apply for maintenance grants as well as loans.
Designated courses include most undergraduate courses, integrated masters courses and initial teacher training courses. Eligible postgraduate students studying on courses that meet the requirements set out in the Student Support Regulations can apply for disabled students' allowances. See more about student finance.
This provider is regulated, including for financial sustainability, under the English further education system by the Education & Skills Funding Agency.
This provider is reviewed by HEFCE against the quality assessment requirements. To see this provider's latest Annual Provider Review outcome, please go to the 'Quality and standards' tab above. To see current or historic reports undertaken by the Quality Assurance Agency on behalf of HEFCE, please use the link below.
Each year the Government sets the basic and higher fee caps that apply to HEFCE funded providers, including by those providers that have a Teaching Excellence Framework award. This provider can only charge fees at or below the basic fee level for most UK and EU students starting on designated courses in the current academic year. Designated courses include most undergraduate courses but exclude most postgraduate courses (other than initial teacher training).
Providers that want to charge up to the higher fee cap must have an access agreement approved by the Director of Fair Access to Higher Education. If a provider had an access agreement for a previous year it can charge students who started their course that year up to the level detailed in the agreement. Visit the OFFA website to see whether this provider has previously had an access agreement agreed by the Director of Fair Access to Higher Education.
This provider is required to be a member of the independent complaints scheme for higher education students; the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA). Students who have exhausted the relevant internal complaints procedures and are not satisfied with the outcome may be able to complain to the OIA, provided the complaint is within the OIA's remit.
HEFCE collects information on the sub contractual arrangements of the providers it funds annually in November and December. This information is reflected on the Register each January. Any changes to providers’ sub-contractual arrangements made after the data is returned to HEFCE will not be reflected on the Register until the following January unless HEFCE is notified of the change by the HEFCE funded provider.
This provider delivers some higher education on behalf of the following provider(s):
Students are registered with the lead provider but taught by this provider for some or all of the course. This arrangement is defined by HEFCE as a sub-contractual arrangement.
Annual Provider Review: Quality and standards outcome
The Annual Provider Review is used to assess quality and standards in the higher education providers funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland. It provides assurances about quality in these providers to students and to others with an interest in the secure operation of the higher education system. It provides confidence in high-quality provision and reliable degree standards for all students, and evidence that each provider is taking any necessary actions to improve the quality of the academic experience and outcomes for its own students.
The Annual Provider Review draws on existing data and information (such as NSS data), and uses indicators and metrics in a rounded and contextualised way to form its judgement. Guidance on the Annual Provider Review can be found here.
For more information on the new operating model for quality assessment, see here.
This provider fully meets HEFCE's requirements for quality and standards. This means that:
This provider's quality and standards are reviewed annually by HEFCE. See more about the APR criteria and process.
Teaching Excellence Framework
The UK has a world-class higher education sector, with rigorous systems in place to ensure high quality teaching. The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is a new scheme for recognising excellent teaching, in addition to existing national quality requirements for universities, colleges and other higher education providers. It provides information to help prospective students choose where to study.
The TEF is voluntary and each higher education provider decides whether or not they wish to take part.
The TEF was developed by the Department for Education in England. While higher education policy is a devolved matter, individual providers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are also able to take part if they wish to.
Participating higher education providers receive a gold, silver or bronze award reflecting the excellence of their teaching, learning environment and student outcomes. The awards cover undergraduate teaching.
The full list of participating higher education providers and their TEF awards, including those in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are listed here.
The government introduced the TEF in 2016 as a trial year, from which lessons will be learned for future years. The results were published in June 2017. Providers are able to appeal their award and any resulting changes will be made in August 2017.
The Government has previously indicated that universities and colleges in England that have a TEF award will be able to increase their tuition fees in line with inflation. The Department for Education will confirm the 2018-19 fee caps in due course. Providers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are able to take part in the TEF, with no direct impact on their tuition fees.
See more about the TEF.
Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the higher education provider delivers teaching, learning and outcomes for its students that meet rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.
A provider taking part in the TEF is awarded:
The awards are decided by an independent TEF Panel of experts including academics, students and employer representatives. Details are available here.
The provider's undergraduate teaching is assessed against ten criteria that cover the areas of teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes.
The TEF Panel considers evidence from a set of metrics using national data as well as written evidence submitted by the provider. The metrics cover continuation rates, student satisfaction and employment outcomes. The metrics for each provider are benchmarked to take account of differences in its students' characteristics, entry qualifications and subjects studied.
The metrics and provider submissions can be viewed using the link below.