Higher Education

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Shabana Mahmood Shabana Mahmood Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether due diligence checks assess the international business activities of applicants for designated course status.

Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Minister of State (Universities and Science)

The due diligence checks that are now undertaken as part of the higher education course designation process take account of a range of factors and include consideration of public information on known international business activities of applicant organisations.

As set out in the Government Response to the White Paper consultation we will be reviewing the existing student support course designation system for alternative providers to include more robust and transparent requirements on quality assurance, financial sustainability and management and governance.

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