Independent higher education providers in the UK are concerned that the ‘provisional bronze’ awarded to them under the government’s new Teaching Excellence Framework could damage their reputation and recruitment efforts.
An alternative provider in the UK has lost its licence to recruit international students after an investigation has been launched by BIS and QAA. The news follows concerns raised over access to student loan funding at APs.
The UK’s Universities & Science Minister David Willetts has today announced in a written statement that £8m was paid in maintenance loans to potentially bogus EU students at Alternative Providers (APs) and is threatening legal action against private colleges found to be involved.
A new regulatory policy "is coming" that will pave the way for parity of policy between UK HE institutions and Alternative Providers (APs) from the private sector. Universities Minister David Willetts addressed Study UK members this week, whose members represent the "voice of independent education". He also spoke about student number controls at APs.