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New era of accessible education

Office for Students
Wednesday, 26 August, 2020

FOR the first time since Schumacher College opened, almost 30 years ago, students from the UK will be able to access government-funded loans towards their study costs.

The College has been formally accepted and registered with the Office for Students (OfS), the regulating body for higher education in Britain.

Head of College and Director of Learning at the Dartington Hall Trust, Dr Pavel Cenkl, said it was the beginning of a new era.

“We are all exceptionally pleased to be registered as an official UK higher education provider.

“This will, for the first time in Schumacher College’s history, give students access to funding essential for enrolling in the College’s taught programmes.

“Combined with our low-residency programmes, online modules, and flexible learning modes, OFS registration is an integral part of Dartington’s strategy to open access to learning for as broad a range of learners as possible."

The news comes as Schumacher College looks forward to welcoming a record number of students this Autumn and the new Dartington Arts School also welcomes its first cohort of students.

In order to be accepted by the Office for Students, higher education providers must meet key criteria such as course quality, academic standards and student support.

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