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Sector-wide 'baseline' regulation needed for traditional and 'private' English universities, says watchdog

Higher education (HE) providers should be able to demonstrate a "baseline level of quality" before being allowed to operate in England, regardless of how they are funded, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has said. 25 Mar 2015

Use of charity tax reliefs could leave universities open to avoidance accusations, experts say

FOCUS: As charity trustees, university governing bodies have an overriding duty to act in the best interests of their institution. However, the HMRC's hardening stance on tax planning and the current political climate could leave them treading a fine line... 17 Mar 2015

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Tougher standards will apply to 'alternative' UK higher education from next academic year

Tougher quality standards and other measures designed to ensure consistently high quality course provision by private sector and other 'alternative' providers of higher education will take effect from the next academic year, the UK government has confirmed.... 03 Mar 2015

PAC: UK government 'ignored repeated warnings' about alternative higher education providers

The UK government pressed ahead with the rapid expansion of private sector higher education despite "repeated warnings" about the potential for abuse of the publicly-funded student loans system, a committee of MPs has said. 25 Feb 2015

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