The Teaching Excellence Framework Award

Lucy Hill
June 23, 2017

More than a fifth (22%) of the participants in its International Student Survey said they thought a gold rating would be the best way to judge quality at a United Kingdom institution, and 80% of those considering the United Kingdom said they would choose excellent teaching quality over a high-ranking university. "We are small enough to tailor support, meaning that year after year we help our students to realise ambitions that they once saw as simply dreams".

This is the highest possible rating achievable under the tough criteria and B&FC is one of only 14 colleges nationally to receive it, putting it's higher education provision among the UK's elite.

Just under a third of the institutions that took part in the TEF earned the gold rating, which they will likely use to market themselves to worldwide students. Providers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can take part in the TEF, but their results will not be tied to fees.

Brunel University London has received a silver award in the United Kingdom government's first measure of teaching and learning excellence in the national higher education sector.

59 providers were rated gold, 116 silver and 56 bronze.

Universities which choose to enter are assessed on a range of measures, including student satisfaction, drop-out rates and what students do after they graduate. "We are particularly pleased that assessors highlighted our institutional culture that facilitates, recognises and rewards excellence in teaching and we will use this outcome as a benchmark for future development".

Sir Anthony Seldon, vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham, told the Telegraph that he thought the new ratings would be "the biggest single catalyst to good teaching that the university sector has ever had".

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She added: "To hold any TEF award universities and colleges must already have cleared a high bar".

Our TEF Gold award is further evidence of our exciting teaching, great support for students and excellent employment outcomes.

"UK universities must seriously consider the impact of the ratings on their global student recruitment", counselled Paul Raybould, Hobsons' marketing director. The TEF does not measure absolute quality...institutions with lower scores on things like the number of students who complete their course might find it easier to get a positive TEF flag.

Professor John Latham, Vice-Chancellor of Coventry University, which is not part of the Russell Group, said a "new order" has been established in university rankings.

"They want to be taught by committed professionals who care about preparing them for the global workplace".

Many universities often considered to be less prestigious also received gold ratings, such as Liverpool Hope, De Montfort, and Nottingham Trent.

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