Three aspects of the operating context for higher education providers are considered.
Higher education institutions (HEI) need to satisfy a broad range of statutory and requlatory requirements. There is a plethora of legislation applying to HEIs. Some aspects of the law are specific to higher education, while for many areas of activity institutions are subject to the general law of the country. Similarly, regulation of HEIs is extensive and an area where governors will wish to seek assurance that, for example, the institution is meeting its responsibilities in submitting acurrate and timely returns to the various bodies who regulate or oversee the sector. Further information is provided on these topics in Governors' briefing note No. 20: Legal requirements and regulation
Ethics and values are examined by looking at two separate, but inter-linked, perspectives.
The environment in which higher education providers operate is constantly changing. A range of external factors, including demographic trends and changes to government policy can have a profound effect on institutional viability. Equally, the interdependent nature of the 'market place' means institutions are affected by the policies and actions of their competitors. For example, when they are seeking to secure the student numbers they plan to recruit, or frequently when competing for external funding. Institutional rivalry in these situations is often intense. These matters are discussed in Governors' briefing note No. 23: Competitive Pressures.
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