HE Information

The Office for Students (OfS) is the new regulator for English Higher Education and has the primary aim to ensure that English Higher Education is delivering positive outcomes for all students. New College Durham is registered on the Office for Student Register, which means we meet the OfS requirements to be a registered Higher Education Provider.

Follow the links below to find out what this means to you: 

About Registration with the Office for Students 

QAA Quality Code


HE Hardship Bursary

The Higher Education Hardship Fund is available to provide help to those students with genuine financial needs relating to their course of study.

Please click here to download an application form or for further information please contact access.fund@newdur.ac.uk.


Access & Participation

The Higher Education and Research Act 2017 (HERA) requires all providers of Higher Education in England that charge above the basic tuition fee cap to have an approved Access and Participation Plan. In accordance with HERA, New College Durham has taken all reasonable steps to fully comply with these requirements.

New College Durham has published an Access and Participation Plan (APP) approved by the Office for Students (OfS) that describes our commitment to widening participation.  We are committed to being a place where learning and working exists in an environment that advances equality of opportunity, celebrates diversity and allows everyone to achieve their fullest potential. 

Access and Participation Plan 2019-20

Download our Impact Report for 2019-20

Access and Participation Plan 2020/21 to 2024/25

Fee Summary 2021/22

The Access and Participation Plan replaces previous Access Agreements which remain in force for students who started their course before 2018-19. Previous Access Agreements are available to view below:

Access Agreement 2018-19

Access Agreement 2017-18


Student Protection Plan

The Student Protection Plan sets out what students can expect should a course close. All Higher Education providers registered with the OfS must have a Student Protection Plan in place. You can access New College Durham’s Student Protection Plan below:

Student Protection Plan 2021/22

Student Protection Plan 2020/21

Student Protection Plan 2019/20 


Transparency Return 2019-2020

The information published below shows:

The number of students who attained a particular degree or other academic award, or a particular level of such an award, on completion of their course with us.

It shows these numbers by reference to:

  • The gender of the individuals to which they relate
  • Their ethnicity
  • Their socioeconomic background.

Transparency Return 2019-2021


Transparency Return 2018-2019

Applications, Offers, Acceptances and Registration Data (AOAR) 2018-19

The AOAR information published below shows:

  • The number of applications for admission onto recognised, undergraduate higher education courses received from UK domiciled applicants.
  • The percentage of offers we made in relation to those applications.
  • The percentage of those offers accepted.
  • The percentage of applications which led to those registering with us.

Transparency Return 2018-2019


Attainment Data 2017-18

The attainment data published below shows:

  • The number of students who registered and went on to complete their course with us.
  • The number of students who attained a particular degree or other academic award and the percentage of each classification awarded.

Transparency Return 2017-2018


The Open University regulations 

These Regulations apply to all new student cohorts on programmes leading to an Open University (OU) validated award with effect from 1st September 2015* (or earlier if deemed appropriate by the Partner institution and the OU).

Regulations for the validated awards of the Open University

Open University Student Guide


New College Durham policies and procedures

Academic Appeals Application Form

During Covid-19, all appeals should be submitted electronically to the email address provided on the form.

Academic Appeals Policy 

Academic Appeals Procedure

Academic Malpractice Policy 

Academic Malpractice Procedure 

Admissions Appeal Policy

Admissions Policy

Application for Mitigation

Complaints Procedure

HE Access Fund Policy

HE Student Transfer Process

Management of Assessment Boards 

Mitigation Procedure

Refund and Compensation Policy

Recognition of Prior Learning Policy

Student Engagement in Quality Enhancement and Assurance 

Withdrawals Policy for HE Students

Withdrawals Procedure for HE Students




Related information

HE course 2

HE Development Projects

A detailed account of our Higher Education Development Projects.

Academic Registry Services

Need to get hold of a replacement certificate? Or verify a New College Durham qualification?