Have Your Say on the Government’s University Rating System (TEF)

A review of the government’s university rating system has been launched today (18 January) and students, graduates, employers, teachers and parents are all being encouraged to have their say.

The Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) is designed to measure the quality of teaching in Higher Education. Institutions are assessed on their teaching and on student outcomes, both in terms of degrees obtained and prospects after leaving higher education.

The framework was introduced by the government in 2017, with 130 institutions applying to be ranked in the first year, and a further 30 institutions doing so in 2018.

The end result? A league table of Olympic-style gold, silver or bronze ratings for every participating university or college, to clearly show how they’ve been rated.

Research out today shows that the TEF has already been an important driver of quality in higher education, leading providers to invest in training schemes and develop initiatives to improve teaching standards, and that applicants are using the ratings to inform their university choices.

In order to ensure the rating system continues to be effective as it can be, Dame Shirley Pearce is leading an independent review to make sure it is fit for purpose, starting with a public call for views opening today to hear how the potential of the system can be maximised.

The call for views will close on Friday 1 March and asks the higher education sector, students, graduates, parents, careers advisers, employers and the general public about the effectiveness of the scheme. Anyone with suggestions of how the scheme can be enhanced is urged to take part.

Dame Shirley will consider, among other things, whether the information used for the current rating system is appropriate, the names of the rating categories, the impact of the rating system on providers and whether it is in the public interest.

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