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Tertiary Education and Research (Wales) Act 2022

Section 27: Initial registration conditions

95.A provider applying to register with the Commission must satisfy initial registration conditions. This section sets out four mandatory initial registration conditions, which apply to all registration categories. The Commission must be satisfied as to—

  • the quality of education provided by the applicant tertiary education provider, or provided on its behalf,

  • the effectiveness of the governance and management of the applicant,

  • the financial sustainability of the applicant,

  • the effectiveness of the applicant provider’s arrangements for supporting and promoting the welfare of students and staff, and

  • where applicable, the effectiveness of arrangements in place to satisfy the applicant provider of the quality of education delivered by an external provider under a validation arrangement.

96.For further information regarding the Commission’s functions in respect of quality assessment and assurance, see Chapter 2 of this Part.

97.The standard required for providers to satisfy initial registration conditions, and the information required to demonstrate this, will be determined by the Commission. The Commission is required to publish a document specifying the requirements for satisfying such conditions (subsection (2)). The Commission is enabled to revise these requirements and if it does so it must publish an updated document (subsection (4)). Before publishing either an initial or a revised document, the Commission is under a duty, if it appears appropriate to do so, to consult such persons as it considers appropriate (subsection (5)), for example tertiary education providers who may wish to make a registration application.

98.The Welsh Ministers may, by regulations, specify further initial registration conditions and different conditions may be specified for different categories of registration. The list provided in subsection (7)(b) indicates the kind of conditions that may be specified in these regulations, but it is not an exhaustive list and not all of these categories may be appropriate initial conditions of registration for all categories of the register.

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