The GuildHE series of regulation briefings – and blogs – explore different elements of regulation, regulatory burden and regulators and provide a series of practical recommendations. We recognise the value of good regulation to protect the interests of students, staff and around public funding about regulatory burden should be regularly reviewed to ensure that it is doing what it was intended to do and in the most efficient way and ensure that it meets the Regulators Code.

We have been pleased to work with colleagues across the sector to inform our work. Particular thanks to Martha Longdon and Ben Hunt for their contributions to the third briefing, to Smita Jamdar from Shakespeare Martineau for writing the second briefing exploring legal dimensions and to Andy Youell from UCEM for his blog on the use of data in regulation.


Briefing #1: Introduction, Burden, Cost and Overlap (November 2022)

Briefing #2: Regulation of Higher Education in England – Is There Another Way? (December 2022)

Briefing #3: Regulating in the Student Interest (April 2023)

Briefing #4: World-class Regulation (April 2023)

Briefing #5: Reflections and Recommendations (July 2023)

Briefing #6: Regulation and Research (December 2023)


Blog: Great Expectations – Data in Regulation (March 2023)

Executive Summary: Response to the House of Lords Industry and Regulators’ Committee Inquiry into the work of the OfS (April 2023)

Letter to the Chair of the Education Select Committee: Russell Group, University Alliance, MillionPlus and GuildHE jointly call for a parliamentary inquiry into the Office for Students (January 2023)