Christ Church College: Criminal Investigation

Department for Education written question – answered on 8th April 2020.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Charity Commission about any investigation of the governance of Christ Church College, University of Oxford.

Photo of Baroness Berridge Baroness Berridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade) (Minister for Women), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

There have been no discussions. Registered higher education (HE) providers’ governance arrangements are matters for the Office for Students (OfS) – the independent regulator of higher education in England. The OfS requires all registered providers to meet the public interest governance principles, and if providers fall short the OfS has powers to intervene.

All HE providers, whether registered or not, are autonomous and self-regulating, and the government can only intervene where statute allows.

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