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
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
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 2018/19
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
New College Durham policies and procedures
Admissions Appeal Policy
Student Engagement in Quality Enhancement and Assurance
Academic Malpractice Policy
Academic Malpractice Procedure
Management of Assessment Boards
Refund and Compensation Policy
Academic Appeals Policy