OfS seeks nominations for specialist provider panel

The Office for Students (OfS) have opened nominations for panel which will assess world-leading specialist providers in higher education

The Office for Students (OfS) is looking for individuals with an international reputation, to join a panel of judges to decide which higher education bodies are world-leading specialist providers. 

The panel decides which specialist institutions will receive a share of the remaining £5 million from the strategic priorities grant for the academic year 2021-22 and inform funding decisions in advance of the 2022-23 academic year. For the academic year 2021/2022, the OfS have already distributed £48 million between 16 specialist providers.

Institutions currently receiving funding include: the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, the Royal Northern College of Music, the Courtauld Institute of Art, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Cranfield University. 

To cover all the fields that specialist providers offer, nominees must be an expert in one of the following fields: agricultural and veterinary science, architecture, business and management, law, medicine and allied health, music and other performing arts (dance, drama, media studies), creative arts and design or theology. 

Nominees might have gained expert knowledge in a role as an academic or practitioner, or are in a senior role for a leading employer or public sector organisation within their field.

Earlier this year, OfS held a consultation to evaluate the eligibility criteria that specialist higher education institutions meet for funding, to see if more institutions could be eligible.

Once the panel is chosen, the OfS will invite institutions to make submissions to be considered world-leading. 

Deadline for panel nominations is noon on 21 January 2022.

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