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HE external matters

The Office for Students (OfS) is the independent regulator of higher education in England.

OfS aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers.

Their work covers all students whether undergraduate or postgraduate, national or international, young or mature, full-time or part-time, studying on a campus or by distance learning.

In February 2019 LIBF gained recognition as an Approved (Fee Cap) higher education provider on the OfS register.  This recognition is gain following a rigorous assessment process where a provider is assessed on their adherence to good practice around:

A. Access and participation for students from all backgrounds

B. Quality, reliable standards, and positive outcomes for all students

C. Protecting the interests of all students

D. Financial sustainability

E. Good governance

F. Information for students

G. Accountability for fees and funding

More information about the Officer for Students, their conditions of registration, information for students and stakeholders and LIBF’s listing on the OfS’ Register can be found on the OfS’ website.

Previous reviews

Prior to registration with the OfS, we were subject to annual monitoring by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).  Future QAA reviews are now embedded within OfS regulatory processes and scheduled accordingly.

March 2019

In March 2019, QAA reviewers visited LIBF to undertake our Annual Monitoring for Course Designation. The visit considered information we had provided via our written Annual Monitoring return along with interviews with staff and students.  From the evidence provided in the annual return and at the monitoring visit, the review team concluded that The London Institute of Banking and Finance (the Institute) was making acceptable progress since our previous visit in March 2018.

All of our QAA review and monitoring reports can be viewed in full here.

April 2018

Following submission of the QAA Annual Monitoring return for Specific Course Designation in January 2018, QAA confirmed in April 2018 that ‘From the evidence provided in the annual return and at the monitoring visit, the review team concludes that The London Institute of Banking and Finance (the Institute) has made acceptable progress with continuing to monitor, evaluate and enhance its higher education provision since the February 2016 Annual Monitoring Review.

April 2017

In April 2017  LIBF received a M1b Commendable - no visit required outcome from QAA with the following commentary:

The London Institute of Banking & Finance submitted an annual return in December 2016 that demonstrates that it is continuing to maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of student learning opportunities and information about learning opportunities.

April 2016

We underwent an annual monitoring visit for specific course designation by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and received the final report.

The QAA monitoring team concluded that we are making commendable progress in implementing the action plan from the Higher Education Review.

February 2015

As ifs University College, we underwent a Higher Education Review by the Quality Assurance Agency in November 2014.

The QAA review team reported:

  • The setting and maintenance of the academic standards of awards meets UK expectations.
  • The quality of student learning opportunities meets UK expectations.
  • The quality of the information about learning opportunities meets UK expectations.
  • The enhancement of student learning opportunities meets UK expectations.

Besides addressing the four recommendations which the review team made, our response also welcomed the item of good practice regarding the facilitation of student awareness of, and engagement with, the financial services sector.