Student Discussion Groups with the OIA

Written by: UPSU

The Office for the Independent Adjudicator is inviting University of Plymouth students to feedback to shape thier work and policies moving forward.

Student Discussion Groups

Talking with students helps the OIA better understand their experiences of higher education in England and Wales. Discussion groups are part of the OIA’s wider ongoing work around fairness in complaint handling and help them to explore the issues students are most concerned about.

The OIA are currently looking to talk specifically with Black and minority ethnic students, Disabled students, Muslim students, Christian students and Jewish students to understand their experiences in Higher Education. With this in mind, they are inviting University of Plymouth students to participate in a series of discussion groups.

Who should attend

Discussions groups are open to anyone who is or was studying at the University of Plymouth. There are usually around 6 to 8 people in the group and the discussions last around an hour.

They are running these discussion groups for specific groups of students, including disabled students, students from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, Jewish students, Muslim students and Christian students.

Duration: up to 1 hour

Dates and times:

  • Tuesday 7 November 2023 | 1pm
  • Wednesday 8 November 2023 | 10am & 1pm
  • Thursday 9 November 2023 | 10am & 1pm
  • Friday 10 November 2023 | 10am
  • Tuesday 14 November 2023 | 1pm
  • Wednesday 15 November 2023 | 10am & 1pm
  • Thursday 16 November 2023 | 10am & 1pm
  • Friday 17 November 2023 | 10am


If you have any questions, please contact

Who are the OIA?

The Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) are the independent student complaints scheme for England and Wales. 

  • They review unresolved complaints from students about their higher education provider. Where they find that the provider has done something wrong, they make Recommendations for them to put things right.
  • They share learning from complaints to help improve policies and practices across the higher education sector.
  • They work with others and contribute to the development of policy, both in the wider regulatory framework for higher education and in the ombuds sector.