Closure of ALRA

April 12th, 2022

The announcement regarding the closure of ALRA followed a restructure in Spring 2021 to stabilise finances and disclosures of financial concerns in November 2021 to the higher education independent regulator for England, the Office for Students (OfS)Since then, ALRA’s circumstances subsequently deteriorated to the point where it was no longer financially viable. The OfS approached several institutions, including FDS partner schools to seek workable solutions to ensure the continuation of training and education within an appropriate specialist learning environment. Rose Bruford’s proposal to transfer all ALRA’s students saw them named as provider of choice and offered a solution for the independent regulator and an FDS provider institution to combine to enable the students to complete their training with minimal disruption and is positive recognition on the part of the OfS of the specialist and distinctive ethos and approach to the training we each offer.

This will undoubtedly be a difficult time for ALRA students and staff, the OfS has confirmed it will continue to work with Rose Bruford, St Mary’s University Twickenham as the validating partner, and other organisations where necessary. The FDS will offer support and guidance where we are able.

Announcement from the Office for Students.

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