Operating Framework for Higher Education

The Operating Framework explains how higher education providers in England are held to account and regulated.   

The framework describes the organisations that handle different aspects of regulation, and and shows how the current arrangements are changing to meet the needs of students and society. These arrangements will continue to evolve, and an update will be published in summer 2014.

A short guide to the operating framework was published in October 2013.

HEFCE has published the framework on behalf of the Regulatory Partnership Group.

Overview of the operating framework


The diagram above summarises the main operations of the Operating Framework.


Page last updated 15 October 2013

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