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Regulating higher education in Wales

Our regulatory powers have been enhanced through the introduction of the Higher Education (Wales) Act 2015.

This means changes to our powers, with specific duties relating to:
  • monitoring higher education institutions’ compliance with fee and access plans
  • assessing the quality of education
  • preparing and consulting on a new Financial Management Code, and monitoring institutions’ compliance with the Code
  • providing information and advice to Welsh Ministers.

The Higher Education (Wales) Act 2015

Explanatory notes

The Higher Education (Wales) Act 2015 is underpinned by regulations that set out how the legislation will be implemented.

The Higher Education (Designation of Providers of Higher Education) (Wales) Regulations 2015;


The Higher Education (Amounts) (Wales) Regulations 2015;

The Higher Education (Fee and Access Plans) (Wales) Regulations 2015;

The Higher Education (Qualifying Courses, Qualifying Persons and Supplementary Provision) (Wales) Regulations 2015;


The Higher Education (Qualifying Courses, Qualifying Persons and Supplementary Provision) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2016;


The Higher Education (Fee and Access Plans) (Notices and Directions) (Wales) Regulations 2015;


The Higher Education (Fee and Access Plans) (Notices, Procedure and Publication) (Wales) Regulations (Amendment) 2016.


We have received three sets of guidance from Welsh Government on the implementation of our new duties.

We will update our website to reflect these changes and to make it easier for higher education providers to find information and guidance. You can also subscribe to HEFCW circulars and press releases to be kept informed.

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