Monisha Shah Appointed to the Board of the Office for Students

Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance Chair of Governors, Monisha Shah, has been appointed to the Board of new universities’ regulator, The Office for Students (OfS).

The OfS will replace HEFCE as the main regulator of higher education and is designed to champion the interests of students, promote choice and help to ensure that students are receiving a good deal for their investment in higher education. It will also hold universities to account for the quality of teaching they provide.

Jo Johnson, the universities minister, said the OfS “will rightfully put the interests of students at the heart of regulation and play a pivotal role in reforming one of our nation’s greatest assets – the higher education sector.”

Ms. Shah has been Chair of Governors since 2015. She is also a serving Trustee of ArtFund, an independent fundraising charity for art. In December 2015, she was invited by the Prime Minister to join the Committee on Standards in Public Life.

The Board of the OfS will be made up of 15 members who not only reflect the diverse needs of the HE sector but will also make sure the interests of employers and students are represented by the new body, which will also hold universities to account over issues such as vice chancellor pay and free speech.

Education Secretary Justine Greening said:

“I welcome the new OfS board members to their important new roles. Their experience and skill will be key in ensuring the OfS achieves its ambitions.”

Office for Students Board Members:
Sir Michael Barber (Chair),
Martin Coleman (Deputy Chair)
Nicola Dandridge (CEO)
Chris Millward (DfAP)
Ruth Carlson
Gurpreet Dehal
Elizabeth Fagan
Katja Hall 
Kate Lander
Simon Levine
Prof Carl Lygo
Monisha Shah
David Palfreyman
Prof Steve West
Toby Young