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OfS admits delay in registering providers

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The Office for Students has missed its own deadline for processing applications from institutions wishing to become registered providers.

In information released to journalists in July, the regulator said that 366 institutions had applied to join the OfS register. In an accompanying statement, it said that it expected to make the majority of decisions on those applications “by September”.

However, at the time of writing just 110 institutions have been successfully registered, with the OfS confirming to HE that the process is taking longer than expected. Higher-education providers are not required to register with the OfS, but those that do not are unable to access public grants for teaching or research, get student support funding or recruit international students. 

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