Universities UK said: "We welcome the change in tone in relation to the new regulator. Universities are committed to working in the interests of students, so it is important that the OfS works constructively with the sector.
"As the OfS begins work in April, it is vital that it wins the confidence of students and the public and establishes itself as an independent and effective regulator, free from political interference.
"It is good to see that the OfS's focus remains on ensuring students get good quality education and that high standards are maintained."
The OfS regulatory framework Securing student success: Regulatory framework for higher education in England is available to download
Universities UK's response to the OfS consultation is available on the Universities UK website