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OfS forges ahead with new condition despite concerns

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England’s regulator says it considered universities’ fears but student protection takes precedence

The Office for Students has introduced a condition of registration designed to protect students’ interests if a university is forced to close, despite a lack of support among universities.

On 31 March the OfS said financial pressures associated with the Covid-19 pandemic meant there was “a greater risk of a small number of providers needing, or choosing, to close”, and so there was a need to improve protections for students.

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