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Higher Education Act 2004

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7.The Act is divided into 5 Parts.

8.Part 1 makes provision relating to a new Arts and Humanities Research Council (which is to be set up by Royal Charter) and the funding of arts and humanities research.

9.Part 2 (including Schedules 1 to 4) deals with the review of student complaints.

10.Part 3 (including Schedule 5) permits institutions to charge variable fees and, providing they have an approved plan, fees above a basic rate.

11.Part 4 includes provisions to transfer functions to the National Assembly for Wales, and provisions to prevent student loans being written off on discharge from bankruptcy, as well as amendments to allow loans in respect of money owed by students to universities to be paid to the latter so as to facilitate deferral of fee payments by students. It also includes provision about the disclosure of information.

12.Part 5 (including Schedules 6 and 7) contains miscellaneous and general provisions.

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