HE Information

The Office for Students (OfS) is the new regulator for English Higher Education and has the primary aim to ensure that English Higher Education is delivering positive outcomes for all students. New College Durham is registered on the Office for Student Register, which means we meet the OfS requirements to be a registered Higher Education Provider.

Follow the links below to find out what this means to you: 

About Registration with the Office for Students 

QAA Quality Code


Access & Participation

The Higher Education and Research Act 2017 (HERA) requires all providers of Higher Education in England that charge above the basic tuition fee cap to have an approved Access and Participation Plan. In accordance with HERA, New College Durham has taken all reasonable steps to fully comply with these requirements.

New College Durham has published an Access and Participation Plan (APP) approved by the Office for Students (OfS) that describes our commitment to widening participation.  We are committed to being a place where learning and working exists in an environment that advances equality of opportunity, celebrates diversity and allows everyone to achieve their fullest potential. 

Access and Participation Plan 2019-20

Access and Participation Plan 2020/21 to 2024/25

The Access and Participation Plan replaces previous Access Agreements which remain in force for students who started their course before 2018-19. Previous Access Agreements are available to view below:

Access Agreement 2018-19

Access Agreement 2017-18


Student Protection Plan

The Student Protection Plan sets out what students can expect should a course close. All Higher Education providers registered with the OfS must have a Student Protection Plan in place. You can access New College Durham’s Student Protection Plan below:

Student Protection Plan 2020/21

Student Protection Plan 2019/20 


Transparency Return 2019

Applications, Offers, Acceptances and Registration Data (AOAR) 2018-19

The AOAR information published below shows:

  • The number of applications for admission onto recognised, undergraduate higher education courses received from UK domiciled applicants.
  • The percentage of offers we made in relation to those applications.
  • The percentage of those offers accepted.
  • The percentage of applications which led to those registering with us.

AOAR 201819 Transparency Return 2019


Attainment Data 2017-18

The attainment data published below shows:

  • The number of students who registered and went on to complete their course with us.
  • The number of students who attained a particular degree or other academic award and the percentage of each classification awarded.

Attainment 201718 Transparency Return 2019


The Open University regulations 

These Regulations apply to all new student cohorts on programmes leading to an Open University (OU) validated award with effect from 1st September 2015* (or earlier if deemed appropriate by the Partner institution and the OU).

 Regulations for the validated awards of the Open University


New College Durham policies and procedures




Academic Appeals Application Form


During Covid-19, all appeals should be submitted electronically to the email address provided on the form.

Academic Appeals Policy 


Academic Appeals Procedure

Academic Malpractice Policy 


Academic Malpractice Procedure 

Admissions Appeal Policy

Admissions Policy

Application for Mitigation

Complaints Procedure

HE Student Transfer Process

Management of Assessment Boards 

Mitigation Procedure

Refund and Compensation Policy

Student Engagement in Quality Enhancement and Assurance