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Office for Students defends status after damning report

Sam Gyimah has refuted claims that the government’s new higher education regulator, the Office for Students (OfS), had its reputation damaged by the controversial appointment of ex-journalist Toby Young earlier this year. The university minister’s comments follow a report published by Peter Ridell, the commissioner for public appointments, on Wednesday 28 February. The report, which…

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Toby Young and the OfS debate

Barely anybody defends Toby Young’s prejudiced comments, not even Toby Young, and certainly not me. Young apologised unreservedly for his remarks, calling them “ill-judged or just plain wrong,” but now he’s been in the news because of the outrage at his appointment to the board of the Office for Students (OfS), outrage which forced him…

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Office for Students faces further backlash

The Office for Students (OfS) has remained swamped in controversy following criticism of its composition and objectives in the lead up to its launch this April. The watchdog is set to become the official government approved regulatory body for the higher education sector, with the objective of implementing the government’s contentious Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)….