"Universities across the UK have gained their international reputation for excellence by being responsive to the changing needs of students, employers, and wider society. Student satisfaction levels are high and universities are focused on continuing to enhance the experience they offer students. The introduction of the Office for Students should support further progress in this area. A key challenge for the OfS now is to integrate students and the NUS into its decision making, so it is truly the Office for Students.
"The Office for Students should ensure that competition works in the interests of students. This includes ensuring that new higher education providers are high quality and deliver good outcomes for students. It is important that the OfS works with universities to add value for students, rather than just adding to the regulatory burden for all.
"We look forward to working with the Office for Students to promote the importance of free speech. There is already a legal duty on the sector to secure free speech within the law and universities take these responsibilities very seriously. It is absolutely crucial that universities remain places where controversial subjects are discussed and ideas challenged."
For more information on the functions of the new Office for Students, see the consultation page Office for Students: regulatory framework for higher education