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University title is a term protected in law and may only be used by those providers that have been granted the title by Government. Some universities have held the title for many years, but to gain UK university title today a provider must meet criteria, including having been granted powers to award taught degrees and meeting thresholds in relation to the number of higher education students. See more about the process.
This provider was made an independent higher education corporation by act of parliament, but used to be part of a local authority or was a further education corporation.
Taught degree awarding powers give UK higher education providers the right to award bachelors degrees with honours and other taught higher education qualifications, up to and including the level of a masters degree. See more about the criteria providers must currently meet to gain these powers.
HEFCE provides grant funding to higher education institutions for the provision of education, the undertaking of research and for related activities. See more about the funding allocations made to this provider.
Access agreements are approved by the Director of Fair Access to Higher Education and set out a provider's fee limits and how it will sustain or improve access, student success and progression among people from under-represented groups. Access agreements enable providers that are funded by HEFCE to charge up to the higher fee level set by Government.
Access agreements apply to the cohort of students starting courses in a particular academic year. Students continuing their studies may be subject to an access agreement for a previous year. See more about access agreements.
To see this provider's current and previous access agreement(s) please use the link below.
In terms of their general operations as charities, there is no material difference between exempt and registered charities. Exempt charities must have charitable purposes and apply them for the public benefit. They must comply with the general law of charity. They benefit from the same tax advantages as registered charities, and have the same obligations to comply with tax law. Exempt-charities regulated by HEFCE are required to publish on their websites a 'gateway page' linking to core information about its status as a charity. This is intended to mirror the information available on the Charity Commission's Register of Charities and promotes transparency and accountability of the exempt higher education charities to their stakeholders. To see this providers' gateway page please use the link provided below.
See more about HEFCE's role as principal regulator.
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 has a memorandum of assurance and accountability with HEFCE and is reviewed by HEFCE:
The providers' governing body is responsible for ensuring that the provider remains financially sustainable.
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.
The quality of research undertaken by this provider is also periodically assessed by the UK higher education funding bodies. See more about the most recent assessment exercise.
Providers that are funded by HEFCE are regulated by Government in relation to the fees that they can charge most UK and EU students who are on designated courses. Designated courses include most undergraduate courses but exclude most postgraduate courses (other than initial teacher training).
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. 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 does not have an access agreement for a particular year, it can only charge fees at or below the basic fee level for the cohort of students who entered in that year.
To see this provider's current and previous access agreement(s) please use the link below.
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.
See current or historic reviews for this provider undertaken by the Quality Assurance Agency on behalf of HEFCE.
See more about this provider's current TEF award.
See this provider's access agreement for details of its fee limits and access measures.
See the charity information for this provider.
See whether this provider is licensed to sponsor international students to come to the UK under Tier 4.
See more information about courses delivered by this provider on Unistats.
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 consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
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.