Report of the Principal.
The Board received a report of the Principle on the Deep dive into the continuing registration conditions for registration with the Office for Students. The report provided a description of how the School meets the ongoing conditions of registration referencing Part V of the Regulatory framework for Higher Education in England. The Principle commented that the deep dive on registration had been a helpful exercise but suggested that a separate risk on registration was no longer required. Replying to a question from the Deputy Chairman the Principle explained that the timing of the guidance by the Office for Students was deeply unhelpful as it significantly limited the time for Officers to implement the new guidance. The Deputy Chairman observed that a risk on compliance with these conditions should be considered.
The Principle further noted that the guidance did not adequately appreciate issues of scale in terms organisation size and included metric inappropriate for the School. The Board commented on the poor performance of the Office for Students and asked Officers if there was any formal manner in which Members displeasure could be noted. The Principle explained that the School Officers were in constant contract with the Office for Students and that the Academic Registrars Council had raised issues of performance previously.
RESOLVED- That the report be noted.