OfS bans 'conditional unconditional' offers

The OfS has imposed a new condition of registration with immediate effect until 31 September 2021 (condition Z3).  The new condition allows the OfS to take action against higher education providers that use offer-making practices which would not be in the interests of students and the wider higher education sector in these exceptional circumstances.

The condition prohibits:

  • the use of ‘conditional unconditional’ offers, where an offer is only unconditional if the applicant makes that university or college their firm choice
  • a university or college making false or misleading statements about other higher education providers in order to discourage prospective or current students from accepting offers or registering with them.

Other unconditional offers to UK students that could materially affect the stability and integrity of the English Higher education sector could also be found to breach the condition.

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