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Teaching Excellence Framework

Teaching Excellence Framework

 

Wrexham Glyndwr University awarded silver in Teaching Excellence Framework

Overview

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which is in its second year of development, is a government scheme designed to assess the quality of teaching in all higher education institutions. All universities will be granted a gold, silver, or bronze level for teaching quality across the institution.

Ministers have proposed the TEF to give clearer information to undergraduates about universities with the best teaching provision. It is intended to:

  • ensure excellent teaching for all students by making universities more accountable for their teaching quality.
  • incentivise widening access investment by recognising institutions who recruit and retain students from a range of backgrounds.
  • provide students with comparable information about the quality of teaching to help them make informed choices.
  • give universities an incentive to improve teaching quality by linking it to the ability to raise tuition fees in line with inflation.

How is the TEF assessed?

A team of expert assessors determine an overall judgement of quality (Gold, Silver or Bronze) on the basis of an assessment of:

  • performance on core metrics (National Student Survey, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey, Higher Education Statistics Agency non-continuation data),
  • performance on these metrics with reference to different student groups, e.g. disability, sex, ethnicity,
  • the narrative provider submission which includes additional evidence to support the application,

How does TEF recognise excellence?

Learning and teaching is recognised by Gold, Silver and Bronze awards to providers. A 'statement of findings' from the assessors is published in conjunction with the award.

Gold: provision is consistently outstanding and of the highest quality found in the UK Higher Education sector:

  • provider achieves consistently outstanding outcomes for its students from all backgrounds, in particular with regards to retention and progression to highly skilled employment and further study.
  • course design and assessment practices provide scope for outstanding levels of stretch that ensures all students are significantly challenged to achieve their full potential, and acquire knowledge, skills and understanding that are most highly valued by employers.
  • optimum levels of contact time, including outstanding personalised provision secures the highest levels of engagement and active commitment to learning and study from students.
  • outstanding physical and digital resources are actively and consistently used by students to enhance learning
  • students are consistently and frequently engaged with developments from the forefront of research, scholarship or practice, and are consistently and frequently involved in these activities. An institutional culture that facilitates, recognises and rewards excellent teaching is embedded across the provider.

Silver: provision is of high quality, and significantly and consistently exceeds the baseline quality threshold expected of UK Higher Education:

  • provider achieves excellent outcomes for its students, in particular with regards to retention and progression to highly skilled employment and further study.
  • course design and assessment practices provide scope for high levels of stretch that ensures all students are significantly challenged, and acquire knowledge, skills and understanding that are highly valued by employers.
  • appropriate levels of contact time, including personalised provision secures high levels of engagement and commitment to learning and study from students.
  • high quality physical and digital resources are used by students to enhance learning.
  • students are engaged with developments from the forefront of research, scholarship or practice, and are sometimes involved in these activities.
  • an institutional culture that facilitates, recognises and rewards excellent teaching has been implemented at the provider.

Bronze: provision is of satisfactory quality:

  • Most students achieve good outcomes; however, the provider is likely to be significantly below benchmark in one or more areas, in particular with regards to retention and progression to highly skilled employment and further study.
  • Course design and assessment practices provide sufficient stretch that ensures most students make progress, and acquire knowledge, skills and understanding that are valued by employers.
  • Sufficient levels of contact time, including personalised provision secures good engagement and commitment to learning and study from most students.
  • Physical and digital resources are used by students to further learning.
  • Students are occasionally engaged with developments from the forefront of research, scholarship or practice, and are occasionally involved in these activities.
  • An institutional culture that facilitates, recognises and rewards excellent teaching has been introduced at the provider.

Bronze status will automatically be given to universities that already have a QAA judgement.

Does the award mean tuition fees will go up?

No. UK Government guidance on universities increasing their fees if awarded a TEF does not apply in Wales.

More Information

For more detailed information on the TEF, please refer to the following websites:

HEFCE: www.hefce.ac.uk/lt/tef

Government: TEF consultation document, YEAR 2

The Government published details how the TEF trial will be operated.

 

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Wrexham Glyndwr University has been given a silver award for the quality of its teaching (June 2017).

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