Become a member

IHE membership is for independent providers of higher education, professional training or pathway programmes in the UK. All members must meet our conditions of membership, including external quality assurance, and commit to upholding our values.

Why should you become a member of IHE?

Watch the video below to hear from independent providers in their own words about why they joined IHE and the support that we offer to our members.

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Application process

The application process for membership consists of three components:

  • Submission of documentation - application form and supplementary documentation requested (a non-refundable application fee of £150 applies)
  • Online interview - with the head of institution to learn more about the mission and ethos of the provider and to discuss the documentation submitted in more depth
  • Consideration by IHE’s Board - a summary report on each application is sent to our Board for consideration. The Board may request further information before coming to a decision on whether to approve membership or decide that a further period of developmental engagement is needed. The decision of the Board is final.


To find our more about membership eligibility or to apply, please email [email protected].

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