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 with reference to the answer from the Minister of State for Universities and Science on 23 April 2012, Official Report, column 735W, on the higher education, if he will assess the change in range and type of organisations applying for designated higher education course status in the last 12 months.

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

In the last 12 months the overall volume of applications has increased and an increasing proportion have been from applicants seeking designation for the first time.

We have introduced the due diligence checks to provide both the Department and potential students with additional assurance over the providers who as a result of designation could potentially be in indirect receipt of public funds.

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