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Higher Education (Wales) Act 2015

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(1)This Act has eight Parts.

(2)This Part contains an overview of the Act.

(3)Part 2 makes provision about fee and access plans. It deals with—

(a)the contents of a fee and access plan, including a fee limit;

(b)failure to comply with a fee limit or other requirement included in a fee and access plan;

(c)the validity of certain contracts;

(d)the monitoring of fee and access plans.

(4)Part 3 makes provision about the assessment of the quality of education provided by or on behalf of institutions that have a fee and access plan, including provision about—

(a)powers available for the purposes of assessment;

(b)steps that may be taken by HEFCW in respect of education of inadequate quality.

(5)Part 4 makes provision about the preparation and publication of a code relating to the organisation and management of the financial affairs of institutions that have a fee and access plan, including provision about—

(a)compliance with the code;

(b)powers available for the purposes of monitoring compliance with the code, and in the case of failure to comply with the code.

(6)Part 5 makes provision for circumstances in which—

(a)HEFCW may refuse to approve a new fee and access plan for an institution;

(b)HEFCW must, or may, withdraw their approval of an institution’s fee and access plan.

(7)Part 6 makes procedural provision about notices and directions given by HEFCW (including provision about the review of certain notices and directions).

(8)Part 7 makes supplementary provision about functions of HEFCW, including provision relating to guidance, reports, information and advice.

(9)Part 8 contains general provisions, including provision about—

(a)the exercise of powers to make regulations;

(b)the interpretation of terms used in the Act.

(10)That Part also introduces a Schedule containing amendments to existing enactments and transitional provision.

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