OIA publishes Operating Report 2023 and Operating Plan 2024

We have today published our Operating Report 2023 and our Operating Plan 2024.

View our latest Operating and Report and Plan
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We received 3,137 complaints in 2023, a 10% increase on 2022 and once again our highest ever number. Despite the high volume of cases, we increased the number of complaints we closed to 3,352, 19% more than in 2022. We made further progress in improving the timeliness of our processes and met our key turnaround KPI of closing 75% of cases within six months of receipt.  

We continued to share learning and encourage good practice. We ran a range of outreach activities, sharing learning from complaints and listening to the experiences of students, their representative bodies and higher education providers. We consulted on an updated version of the Delivering learning opportunities with others section of the Good Practice Framework, which we will publish in February.  

We continued to work with governments and key organisations in the sector and beyond, drawing on our experience of student complaints as an independent ombuds organisation to promote fairness for students across a range of issues. We also continued to work towards our longstanding aim of extending access to our Scheme to all who could benefit from it, including towards the expansion of our remit in Wales under the Tertiary Education and Research (Wales) Act. 

Our Operating Report 2023 records progress against our Operating Plan for 2023. As usual we will more fully explore trends and themes from the year in our Annual Report 2023, which we will publish in the Spring. 

Our Operating Plan 2024 is based around our four key priorities through which we fulfil our purpose: reviewing student complaints, sharing learning, working effectively with others, and continually developing our organisation. The Plan sets out what we intend to do in 2024 to advance each of these priorities and what we aim to have achieved by the end of the year. 


Notes to Editors

For further information please contact Jenn Runde, Communications Officer, mediarelations@oiahe.org.uk, 0118 959 9813. 

  1. The Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA) is the independent student complaints ombuds for higher education in England and Wales. It is the designated operator of the student complaints’ scheme under the Higher Education Act 2004. 
  2. Our Scheme is free to students and has been designed to be accessible to all students, without the need for legal representation. 
  3. We have a wide remit to review student complaints about higher education providers in England and Wales, as set out in the Rules of our Scheme. 
  4. Students normally need to complete their higher education providers’ internal complaints or appeals procedures before they can come to us.  
  5. You can find further information about the Scheme and our work at https://www.oiahe.org.uk/.
  6. We will provide more information about our work last year in our Annual Report for 2023, which we will publish around the end of April. 
Operating Report 2023
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Operating Plan 2024
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