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Current and former University Vice Chancellors to give evidence to Lords Office for Students inquiry

Friday 17 March

The House of Lords Industry and Regulators Committee will hear from current and former University Vice Chancellors, as it continues its inquiry into the Office for Students (OfS), the regulator of the higher education sector in England.

The session will run from 10.25am until 12.40pm on Tuesday 21 March and can be followed live on Parliament TV or in person in Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster.

Giving evidence from 10:25 to 11.35 will be:

  • Professor Susan Lea, former Vice Chancellor, University of Hull
  • Sir David Eastwood, former Vice-Chancellor, University of East Anglia, former Vice-Chancellor, University of Birmingham and former Chief Executive, Higher Education Funding Council for England

Giving evidence from 11:35 to 12.40 will be:

  • Professor Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Manchester, and Chair of the Russell Group
  • Professor Neal Juster, Vice-Chancellor, University of Lincoln

Possible questions include:

  • are the OfS’ statutory duties clear and appropriate? Has it been given a clear job to do by Parliament?
  • to what extent is the OfS’ work determined by the Government?
  • how does the OfS evaluate whether higher education provides value for money?
  • how does the OfS engage with students, and to what extent does student input drive the OfS’ view of their interests and its regulatory framework?
  • does the OfS have sufficient powers, resources and expertise to meet its duties?
  • what are the business models of UK higher education providers, and how do these differ between providers?

The Committee’s call for evidence for the inquiry is open until Friday 7 April. Details about how to submit evidence are available on the Committee’s website

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