News and Press Releases


New Chair of the OIA Board

The OIA is delighted to announce that Dame Suzi Leather has been appointed to succeed Ram Gidoomal as Chair of the OIA. Dame Suzi will take up her role on 1 October 2016.

Annual Letters 2015

The Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA) has today (13 July) published its annual letters to higher education providers. The letters are addressed to all providers that were members of the OIA Scheme throughout 2015.

OIA Annual Report 2015

The Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education, has today (9 June 2016) published it's OIA Annual Report for 2015. The report details:

  • The changes in OIA membership following new legislation, the Consumer Rights Act 2015, that extended its remit to cover students at more than 500 additional higher education providers. These include further education colleges and sixth form colleges for their higher education students, alternative providers and providers of School Centred Initial Teacher Training.
  • The OIA’s record of complaint handling over the year.
  • Examples of the complaints student make to the OIA, and the recommendations the OIA makes when it finds complaints Justified or Partly Justified.
  • Changes in the regulatory and legislative environment and what these mean for complaints handling in higher education.

Response to the Higher Education White Paper

The OIA has published its response to the Higher Education White Paper.

OIA Green Paper Response

The OIA has today published its response to the Higher Education Green Paper.

Independent Adjudicator and Chief Executive recognised in New Year’s Honours

The OIA have released a statement on Rob Behrens being appointed a CBE in the New Year's Honours today, 30 December.

The OIA and Judicial Review - 10th anniversary series

The OIA has published 'The OIA and Judicial Review: Ten principles from ten years of challenges’, written by the Deputy Adjudicator, Felicity Mitchell.

Westminster briefing - Keynote speech

The keynote speech Rob Behrens gave on 'Proactive approaches to tackling sexism and lad culture on campus', is now available.

Keynote Speech - Sexism and Lad Culture
Rob Behrens, 26 November 2015 - pdf

Judicial Review - Professional conduct and public trust

The High Court has dismissed the claim for judicial review of the OIA’s decision in a case brought by a medical student who was expelled on fitness to practise grounds.

Thilakawardhana Judgment
16 November 2015 - pdf

Future of Quality Assessment

The OIA has published its submissions to:

HEFCE consultation on ‘Future Approaches to Quality Assessment in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Select Committee on Business, Innovation and Skills inquiry into Assessing quality in Higher Education

New Independent Adjudicator and Chief Executive, April 2016

The OIA Board has announced the successor to Rob Behrens, who will leave the OIA in April, when his term of office expires. His replacement will be Judy Clements OBE. Judy is currently the Adjudicator for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, the Valuation Office Agency and the Insolvency Service.

Annual Letters 2014

The OIA has today (15 October) published Annual Letters for 2014 setting out the complaints record of all higher education providers within the OIA Scheme.

The OIA welcomes new members

New legislation (the Consumer Rights Act 2015), brings more students into the OIA Scheme from today (1 September).

Press Notice - New Members
01 September 2015 - pdf

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New Chair of the OIA Board