OIA publishes Annual Statements for 2023

We have today (30 May 2024) published our Annual Statements for 2023 for higher education providers that are members of the OIA Scheme.

Read our latest Annual Statements
Annual Statements 2023

The Annual Statements include information by provider on the number of complaints we received and the type and outcomes of complaints we considered in 2023. The Statements also include some information on providers’ engagement with us during the year. 

Our Annual Statements can help providers to see their own record in handling complaints and appeals in a wider context and we encourage senior executive leaders and governing bodies to consider their provider’s Statement. The Statements can also be helpful to student representative bodies.  

We publish the Statements as part of our commitment to be open about the work that we do and to make more information available to the public about higher education complaints. We hope that the Statements also support students’ confidence in complaints-handling processes.


Notes to Editors 

For further information please contact Sarah Liddell, Head of Leadership Office, mediarelations@oiahe.org.uk, 0118 959 9813.  

  1. The OIA is the independent student complaints ombuds for higher education in England and Wales. Our Scheme is free to students. We have a wide remit to review student complaints about higher education providers in England and Wales, as set out in our Scheme Rules. Students have up to 12 months to bring their complaint to us, after the internal processes at their provider have been completed.
  2. The Statements provide useful information about complaints and appeals that have reached the end of internal processes at higher education providers and have been brought to the OIA. However they do not give a full picture of complaints and appeals within a provider, as many complaints and appeals are resolved through the provider’s internal processes and so are not brought to us.
  3. The data in the Annual Statements should be considered in context and comparisons with other providers are not necessarily “like with like”, so caution is needed in interpreting the data. For example, the fact that a Completion of Procedures (COP) Letter has been issued does not necessarily mean that the student is dissatisfied with the outcome of their complaint. COP Letters should routinely be issued at the end of an internal process if the complaint or appeal has not been upheld, but may also be issued when it has been upheld, if a student asks for one.
  4. More information about overall complaints to us and our wider work is available in our Annual Report 2023