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Unconditional Offers

On 3 July 2020 the OfS announced that “University offers which only become unconditional once an applicant accepts them as their firm choice will be prohibited until September 2021, under new rules announced by the Office for Students (OfS) today (3 July)”.

OfS chair

On 22 June 2020 Sir Michael Barber announced that he will not be seeking a second term as Chair of the OfS and will leave the role in March 2021. In his resignation letter he outlined the OfS’s achievements and also some of the challenges faced, not least Covid-19, since its establishment.

Audit Committee Code of Practice

On 13 June 2020 the Committee of University Chairs (CUC) published its revised Audit Committee Code of Practice (‘the Code’). 

Online teaching

On 25 April 2020 the Guardian reported that UK universities may need to spend hundreds of millions of pounds to deliver degrees online.

International recruitment

A survey, published on 23 April 2020, by the British Council of potential students in India – one of the UK’s largest sources of international students – found that 29% had already cancelled their plans or were likely to do so, with two-thirds of all those surveyed saying they were “very concerned” about their health and wellbeing.

OfS regulatory environment

On 26 March 2020 the OfS announced its intention to refocus its regulatory requirements in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

On 24 March 2020 it was announced that the REF 2021 was to be put on hold until further notice. This means that the submission deadline on 27 November 2020 will no longer apply, and in due course a new submission deadline of no later than eight months prior to the deadline will be announced

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