The Principles for Better Regulation of Higher Education in the United Kingdom (November 2011) were developed by HEBRG and apply primarily to organisations that have a direct responsibility for regulating or holding to account any aspect of higher education provision offered by UK institutions. The full text of the Principles is available here: PRINCIPLES.pdf
HEBRG expects that regulators and funding bodies, government departments, sector-specifc agencies, professional, statutory and regulatory bodies and higher education providers within the scope of the proposed single regulatory framework will wish to commit wherever appropriate to the six Principles:
Regulation should encourage and support efficiency and effectiveness in institutional management and governance.
Regulation should have a clear purpose that is justified in a transparent manner.
Regulation depends on reliable, transparent data that is collected and made available to stakeholders efficiently and in a timely manner.
Regulation assessing quality and standards should be co-ordinated, transparent and proportionate.
Regulation should ensure that the interests of students and taxpayers are safeguarded and promoted as higher education operates in a more competitive environment.
Alternatives to regulation should be considered where appropriate.
The HEBRG Principles build on the five principles of good regulation established by the Better Regulation Task Force (1997) which state regulation should be: