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OfS ‘not micromanaging universities’, says former CEO

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Former OfS chief executive and chair appear at Lords inquiry into regulator’s performance

The former chief executive of the Office for Students has said it is unfair to describe the regulator’s relationship with universities as unduly prescriptive—while also describing the guidance given to the OfS by the government as overly detailed.

Appearing in front of the House of Lords industry and regulators committee on 7 March, Nicola Dandridge—who was OfS’s inaugural boss between 2018 and 2022—was asked about a sense among universities that the regulator’s approach is tantamount to micromanagement.

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