Office for Students Volunteer Opportunity
The Office for Students is the independent regulator of higher education in England. They are working to hold universities and colleges to account on their commitments to reduce inequality and improve student outcomes, and they want your help to do this.
We're looking for a wide variety of enthusiastic students to work with the OfS to help test the student submission, ensuring that it is fit for purpose and user friendly.
What Does the OfS Aim to Do?
The Office for Students (OfS) wants to eliminate inequalities in higher education. Under the law, any higher education provider wanting to charge ‘higher tuition fees’ (more than around £6,000 per year) must agree an ‘access and participation plan’ (APP) with the OfS to address inequality.
The challenge now is to ensure providers do all they can to honour the commitments made to students, and take action if they do not. Universities will have to submit an ‘impact report’, detailing progress made in delivering their APP.
There will also be an independent and optional ‘student submission’, giving students meaningful opportunities to reflect and comment on progress made by their provider in delivering their APP.
How Can I Get Involved?
The Office for Students are looking for a diverse group of students from a range of providers to help test the student submission, ensuring that it is fit for purpose and user friendly. Testing will take place in a set week in early November and will require reviewing documents and providing responses to survey questions. This should take no longer than 1 hour and can be done at a time you choose. Once testing is complete, we will be releasing the documents to the sector for consultation.
Click below to register your interest & you'll receive an email detailing how you can volunteer!