The new government Teaching Excellence Framework, designed to provide a snapshot of the quality of teaching and learning in UK higher education, has rated 295 institutions bronze, silver or gold according to their standard of undergraduate teaching.
The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) was introduced by the Government to build evidence about the performance of the higher education sector, complementing the existing Research Excellence Framework with an analysis of teaching and learning outcomes.
A total of 295 universities, colleges and alternative providers of higher education voluntarily took part in the TEF. Each provider was rated gold, silver or bronze, or received a provisional award where there was not enough data for a full assessment.
Excluding those with provisional ratings, a gold award was achieved by 26 per cent of participants, silver by 50 per cent and bronze by 24 per cent.
The TEF awards were decided by an independent panel of experts including academics, students and employer representatives.
Drawing on national data, and evidence submitted by each university or college, the TEF measures excellence in three areas: teaching quality, the learning environment and the educational and professional outcomes achieved by students.
Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, said “Students invest significant amounts of time and money in their higher education. They rightly expect a high-quality learning experience and outcomes that reflect their potential. The UK already has a high bar for quality and standards, which all universities and colleges must meet. But the TEF judges excellence above and beyond this, clearly showing the highest levels across the sector.”
“The TEF measures the things that students themselves say they care about: high-quality, engaged teaching and a supportive, stimulating learning environment which equips them with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their potential, and then to progress to a good job or further study.”