Second college denied access to higher education register

Newham College of Further Education has become the second college to be refused admission to the Office for Students’ register of higher education providers.

The universities regulator said the college had “failed to demonstrate it delivers successful outcomes”.

This finding was based on the college’s continuation data – the number of higher education students progressing from their first to their second year of study.

“This shows the college has failed to demonstrate that it delivers successful outcomes for all of its higher education students, which are recognised and valued by employers and/or enable further study for all of its higher education students,” the OfS’ decision notice reads.

One of the OfS’ conditions for initial registration is a provider must deliver well-designed courses that provide a high-quality academic experience for all students, and enable a student’s achievement to be reliably assessed.

The OfS said it is “working with the college in order for them to have the opportunity to apply to ‘teach out’ their current students”.

“Being granted designation for teach out would mean that continuing students would, subject to individual eligibility, be able to continue to access student support from the Student Loans Company.”

Newham College was approached for comment.

Refusal means Newham College will be denied access to HE public grant and student support funding, cannot recruit international students, nor apply for degree awarding powers.

It is not the first FE college to be refused admission to the OfS register: Waltham Forest College was denied admission in July for the same reason as Newham.