From 1 January 2022, the Regulatory Framework for Higher Education in England will be amended to include a new definition of ‘reportable events’, as follows:
“A reportable event is any event or matter that, in the reasonable judgement of the OfS, negatively affects or could negatively affect:
a. The provider’s eligibility for registration with the OfS.
b. The provider’s ability to comply with its conditions of registration.
c. The provider’s eligibility for degree awarding powers, or its ability to comply with the criteria for degree awarding powers, where the provider:
(i) holds degree awarding powers; or
(ii) has submitted an application for degree awarding powers to the OfS, and for which the OfS has yet to reach a final decision.
d. The provider’s eligibility for university title, where the provider:
(i) holds university title; or
(ii) has submitted an application for university title to the OfS, and for which the OfS has yet to reach a final decision.
In interpreting the reasonable judgement of the OfS, the OfS will, as a matter of policy, consider whether a reasonable provider intent on complying with all of its conditions of registration and acting in the interests of students and taxpayers (rather than in its own commercial, reputational or other interests), would consider the event or matter to be material.”
Please see our blog “Rebooting the Regulatory Framework” for the Higher Education Policy Institute with further information about reportable events and how these tie in with the monitoring and enforcement powers of the Office for Students as the regulator of institutions on the Register of English Higher Education Providers.