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Requirements for data returns

This page is intended to provide a summary overview and reminder of upcoming deadlines. More detailed information and requirements for data returns can be found in the letters that we send to providers:

We wrote to providers on 13 October 2023 outlining an extension to the 2022-23 Student (Data Futures) return, the 2021-22 Graduate Outcomes Cohort A contact details, and the 2024 NSS contact details return. 

We wrote to providers on 13 November 2023 outlining an extension to HESES return for some providers, as well as further details in relation to the 2022-23 Student (Data Futures) return, the 2021-22 Graduate Outcomes Cohort A contact details and the 2024 NSS contact details return.

These communications relate specifically to registered providers required to submit the 2022-23 Student (Data Futures) record and not to any further education and sixth form colleges required to submit the Individualised Learner Record (ILR) to the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

Deadlines which vary by provider

Deadline Submission Approved providers Approved (fee cap) providers

Within five months and two weeks of a provider’s financial year end

Annual Financial Return

Registered providers (excluding further education colleges and sixth form colleges) need to submit financial data consistent with their latest audited financial statements, forecast financial and student number data, and other relevant contextual information, including signed, audited financial statements and the management letter from its external auditor. The data is used to monitor the financial viability and sustainability of providers.

Find out more about the Annual Financial Return

Aligned with ESFA deadline

Individual Learner Record (ILR) data return

Registered further education and sixth form colleges need to submit details of individual students and the courses they are studying. The data underpins our regulatory approach, including metrics used to monitor condition B3 (student outcomes).

Find out more about the ILR data return

2024 deadlines

Deadline Submission Approved providers Approved (fee cap) providers

17 May

Graduate Outcomes Survey (2022-23): Cohort C

You will need to submit and approve contact details for students who have completed their studies, who will then be surveyed.

See the HESA website

23 May

Call for evidence: Approach to OfS public grant funding

The OfS is considering how we should use funding made available to us by government to benefit students, taxpayers and the higher education sector.

See the consultation

 

24 May

(noon)

Proposed new name for City, University of London

City, University of London is registered with the OfS and has applied to change its name to ‘City St George’s, University of London’ upon its proposed merger with St George’s, University of London. It is proposed that this merger will take place on 1 August 2024.

We are seeking views on whether the proposed name is, or has the potential to be, confusing or misleading.

Read the consultation

26 May

Consultation on proposed regulatory advice and other matters relating to freedom of speech

The OfS is implementing new freedom of speech functions. This consultation seeks views on proposals relating to: guidance on the new free speech duties, amendments to the OfS regulatory framework, the OfS’s recovery of costs in connection with the new free speech complaints scheme and regulation of students’ unions.

See the latest free speech consultation

 

30 May

Consultation on an update on theme measures, benchmarking and response thresholds in the NSS

This paper outlines some outstanding issues following our 2023 review of the National Student Survey, including proposed theme measures for the NSS questions, and an update on benchmarking and response thresholds.

Read and respond to the consultation.

 

 

24 June

Provider profile (2023-24)

You will need to submit information about the location of your campuses and internal organisation. This allows the OfS and others to understand the geographic distribution of higher education.

See the HESA website

16 July (noon)

Degree apprenticeships funding competition

Deadline to submit bids for wave 3 of the competition.

See the competition guidance and bidding template

 

16 August

Graduate Outcomes Survey (2022-23): Cohort D

You will need to submit and approve contact details for students who have completed their studies, who will then be surveyed.

See the HESA website

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Last updated 30 April 2024
30 April 2024
Consultation on NSS theme measures added.
25 April 2024
We have added the deadline for our consultation on a proposed new name for City, University of London
26 March 2024
We have published our consultation on proposed regulatory advice and other matters relating to freedom of speech.
21 March 2024
We have added the deadline for our consultation on a proposed new name for the University of Bolton.
18 March 2024
The consultation on the OfS’s approach to regulating students’ unions on free speech matters has closed.
13 November 2023
Further details of extensions for registered providers required to submit the 2022-23 Student (Data Futures) record: 2022-23 Student (Data Futures) return; Graduate Outcomes Cohort A contact details; the 2024 NSS contact details return; and the HESES return.
12 October 2023
Deadlines extended for: 2022-23 Student (Data Futures) return; Graduate Outcomes collection; and National Student Survey collection.
06 October 2023
Added links to recently published guidance.
29 August 2023
We have updated the deadline for the 2022-23 Student Return from 20 October 2023 to 3 November 2023.
27 July 2023
Deadline added for the consultation on the inclusion of higher technical qualifications in Office for Students’ student outcome measures.
27 April 2023
Link added to letter on AFR23; Deadline added for submission of Unistats 2023 valid dataset.
29 March 2023
Deadline for the consultation on the approach to publication of results of the National Student Survey added
09 March 2023
Deadline added for the consultation on payment of fees for investigations.
28 November 2022
Deadline added for the risks to equality of opportunity call for evidence
23 November 2022
Added the deadline for the artificial intelligence and data science postgraduate conversion course scholarship funding competition
10 November 2022
The deadlines have passed for the consultations on regulating equality of opportunity and a proposed new name for Newman University.
06 September 2022
Consultation on changes to the National Student Survey and consultation on specialist provider funding method deadlines have passed.
05 August 2022
Refreshed page with 2022-23 data deadlines.
18 July 2022
Deadline has passed to apply to join the TEF panel - opportunity removed
14 July 2022
Deadline added for the consultation on specialist provider funding method
28 June 2022
The consultation on the suitability of Jisc as the designated data body has now closed
27 June 2022
Deadlines to respond to the call for evidence on international students and to apply to be a quality assessor have passed
20 June 2022
Deadline to apply to join the OfS student panel has passed.
31 May 2022
Deadlines added for opportunities to get involved in our work: to join the OfS student panel, to join the TEF panel or to be a quality assessor
17 May 2022
The deadline for the call for evidence: Working in partnership to improve international student integration and experience has been extended to 24 June
12 May 2022
Deadline added for the supplementary consultation on the publication of information about higher education providers.
28 April 2022
A new deadline for the 23 May has been added, and updates have been made to the list of forthcoming publications.
16 March 2022
Deadline added for our call for evidence: Working in partnership to improve international student integration and experience
23 February 2022
Updates made to upcoming publications listing.
10 February 2022
Deadline added for submission of monitoring return of capital funding allocated in the financial year 2021-22.
04 February 2022
The planned release of the consultation outcome on the publication of information about individual providers has moved to spring/summer.
31 January 2022
Removed entry for 8 April 2022 for '2020-21 access and participation plan monitoring: monitoring return provider submission' as this is no longer required.
24 January 2022
Deadline for nominations for membership of specialist provider panel extended by two weeks from 21 January to 4 February 2022.
20 January 2022
Deadlines added for our three consultations on student outcomes and teaching excellence
06 January 2022
The consultation on the OfS strategy for 2022-25 has now closed.
14 December 2021
Past 2021 deadlines removed
25 November 2021
Updated to reflect the release of publications in November and the delay of other publications to the Spring/Summer.
20 October 2021
Consultation on an approach to world-leading specialist provider funding deadline added and degree classifications moved
14 October 2021
Discover Uni widget deadline added
04 October 2021
September deadlines removed.
28 September 2021
The deadline for the consultation on quality and standards conditions has passed.
27 September 2021
Updates to the list of upcoming publications.
17 September 2021
Medical and Dental Students survey 2021 and HESES21 deadlines added
20 July 2021
Deadlines added for data returns for academic year 2021-22
12 July 2021
Senior staff remuneration publication moved to autumn 2021
08 July 2021
Annual fee information return deadline added.
06 July 2021
Uni Connect annual report for 2019-20 added to upcoming publications for July.
25 June 2021
Past June deadline removed
23 June 2021
The release date for the two June consultation outcome documents has moved to July and the annual review has been moved to release in winter 2021.
10 June 2021
New section added on upcoming publications.
03 June 2021
Update to annual financial return deadline
02 June 2021
May deadlines removed
27 May 2021
Graduate Outcomes contact details (Cohort C) deadline passed and removed
07 May 2021
Consultation on recurrent funding deadline passed and removed
26 April 2021
Consultation on distribution of capital funding deadline passed and removed
01 April 2021
March deadlines removed
31 March 2021
Update to include the provider profile deadline.
26 March 2021
Capital and recurrent funding consultations deadlines added
15 March 2021
Deadline removed for consultation on publishing information about providers
08 March 2021
Deadline removed for consultation on monetary penalties
01 March 2021
Deadline removed for consultation on reportable events
25 February 2021
Details of monitoring of capital funding allocations for 2019-20 and 2020-21 updated
17 February 2021
Deadlines extended for the consultations on reportable events, monetary penalties, and publication of information.
03 February 2021
Annual TRAC return and Higher Education Early Statistics survey 2020-21 (HESES20) data sign off deadlines removed
26 January 2021
Deadline for teaching capital funding monitoring 2019-20 moved to Other and deadline for consultation on quality and standards removed
21 January 2021
Deadline removed for the Uni Connect consultation.
19 January 2021
Deadline to be confirmed for teaching capital funding monitoring 2019-20
15 January 2021
Consultation on regulating quality and standards in higher education deadline updated
15 January 2021
Deadline extended for funding competition to improve access and participation for black, Asian and minority ethnic students in postgraduate research
05 January 2021
Deadline updated for the consultation on quality and standards.
18 December 2020
Several deadlines added for the return of data in 2021.
15 December 2020
Deadlines added for the consultations on reportable events, monetary penalties, publication of information about higher education providers and Uni Connect.
10 December 2020
Deadline added for the Uni Connect consultation
17 November 2020
Details added for the consultation on regulating quality and standards in higher education
03 November 2020
Deadlines added for the consultation and bidding process for additional funding for 2020-21 and monitoring of medical and dental intake targets
27 October 2020
Deadline for teaching capital funding monitoring 2019-20 confirmed
26 October 2020
Deadline for providers participating in the National Student Survey 2021 added
22 October 2020
Deadline added for bids for funding competition to improve access and participation for black, Asian and minority ethnic students in postgraduate research
16 October 2020
Deadline added for Prevent accountability and data returns 2020
15 October 2020
Removed digital teaching and learning review call for evidence deadline, as the deadline has now passed
09 October 2020
HESES20 survey submission deadlines published
02 October 2020
Deadline added for the mental health funding competition
14 September 2020
Deadline removed for consultation on student protection directions - now closed
03 September 2020
Digital teaching and learning call for evidence deadline added
24 August 2020
Removed a deadline that had passed
19 August 2020
Removed a deadline that had passed
30 July 2020
Deadlines updated following a letter to accountable officers
17 July 2020
Deadline to respond to our consultation on student protection directions added
14 July 2020
Removed a deadline that had passed
19 June 2020
Deadlines published following a letter to accountable officers
27 May 2020
Deadline for our consultation on the integrity and stability of the higher education sector in England removed
07 May 2020
Deadline for our consultation on the integrity and stability of the higher education sector in England added
30 April 2020
All information removed except holding notice.
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Update on the Transparency return 2020 deadlines
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