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What Should Universities Expect of the OfS as Principal Regulator?

on Monday, 16 December 2019.

In this article we recap the role of the OfS as principal regulator for charity law purposes, discuss the effect of the recent publications and consider how the approach of the OfS may develop over time.

Recent months have seen the publication of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Office for Students (OfS) and the Charity Commission, updated guidance from the Charity Commission on exempt charities, changes to the categories of exempt charities and new guidance on reportable events from the OfS (Regulatory Advice 16).

These developments supplement Regulatory Advice 5: Exempt Charities, which the OfS published last year and provide an indication of how the OfS is likely to approach its role, particularly in relation to reporting obligations. However, this is only part of the picture. As we have seen with registered charities over the last couple of years, the level of regulatory intervention is likely to be driven in part by media attention and public opinion.



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