The criteria and guidance for degree awarding powers and university title are now published. These criteria take effect from 1 September 2004 and can be viewed at the bottom of the page under Summary of Results, titled "Download the New Criteria and Guidance in MS Word."
In the White Paper The Future of Higher Education, the Government proposed to modernise the criteria governing the granting of degree awarding powers and to allow university title to be granted on the basis of taught degree awarding powers and student numbers. This is a consultation on the details of the proposed new criteria in England and Wales.
The current criteria and guidance for degree awarding powers and university title can be found here:
Gudrun Groves or Philip Vine
Department for Education and Skills
Tel: 020 7925 5214 or 020 7925 6932